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Instightful and anecdotal view into development of a large piece of software
on September 29, 2013
I've been quite involved in development of open source software (and still am, in my free time) before I got hired by a company who does its development in a traditional way, behind closed door. If you're a software developer you certainly know that there are very valuable cultural foundations behind many software development communities. Funny or entertaining things happens, things break in sophisticated manners, jokes are told, experience is gained.
In open source development much of this happens in public, to amusement of many. When developing behind closed doors, funny anecdotes from development are very limited to the people actually participating in development or lost. What a pity!
Raymond Chen decided to share much of his experience with Windows NT development with the outside word and created an MSDN blog with funny anecdotes from life of their development community. The book is a printed version of many of articles, anecdotes, funny notes, and horror stories from his blog. There's probably not many people who could do as good job as he did given his years of experience in the field. For me (largely involved in development in Linux environment) the book is was very entertaining reading from a development community previously unknown to me. I can definitely recommend it to any programmer.