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Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to ... or Ill-Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity [Paperback]

Joel Spolsky
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16 Aug 2004
Joel Spolsky began his legendary web log, www.joelonsoftware.com, in March 2000, in order to offer insights for improving the world of programming. Spolsky based these observations on years of personal experience. The result just a handful of years later? Spolsky's technical knowledge, caustic wit, and extraordinary writing skills have earned him status as a programming guru! His blog has become renowned throughout the programming worldnow linked to more than 600 websites and translated into over 30 languages. Joel on Software covers every conceivable aspect of software programming--from the best way to write code, to the best way to design an office in which to write code! All programmers, all people who want to enhance their knowledge of programmers, and all who are trying to manage programmers will surely relate to Joel's musings. Table of Contents * Choosing a Language * Back to Basics * The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code * The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!) * Painless Functional Specifications Part 1: Why Bother? * Painless Functional Specifications Part 2: What's a Spec? * Painless Functional Specifications Part 3: But ...How? * Painless Functional Specifications Part 4: Tips * Painless Software Schedules * Daily Builds Are Your Friend * Hard-Assed Bug Fixin' * Five Worlds * Paper Prototyping * Don't Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You * Fire and Motion * Craftsmanship * Three Wrong Ideas from Computer Science * Biculturalism * Get Crash Reports From Users--Automatically! * The Guerilla Guide to Interviewing * Incentive Pay Considered Harmful * Top Five (Wrong) Reasons You Don't Have Testers * Human Task Switches Considered Harmful * Things You Should Never Do, Part One * The Iceberg Secret, Revealed * The Law of Leaky Abstractions * Lord Palmerston on Programming * Measurement * Rick Chapman Is In Search of Stupidity * What Is the Work of Dogs in This Country? * Getting Things Done When You're Only a Grunt * Two Stories * Big Macs vs. The Naked Chef * Nothing Is As Simple As It Seems * In Defense of Not-Invented-Here Syndrome * Strategy Letter I: Ben & Jerry's vs. Amazon * Strategy Letter II: Chicken-and-Egg Problems * Strategy Letter III: Let Me Go Back! * Strategy Letter IV: Bloatware and the 80/20 Myth * Strategy Letter V: The Economics of Open Source * A Week of Murphy's Law Gone Wild * How Microsoft Lost the API War * Microsoft Goes Bonkers * Our .NET Strategy * Please Sir May I Have a Linker?

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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (16 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590593898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590593899
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must read for programmers & project managers 27 Jan 2006
By Andrew
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The single most valuable book I have read on software development and project management. Some of the later articles seemed a little out of sequence but its a great read with plenty of humour to illustrate points as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the ticket 17 Jan 2006
By orbi
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Joel has that common sense design persona and when you read his work you will say yeaaaahh that's right... .I blimin well thought so myself :) If your looking for a book to entertain and inform and have a sense of humor coupled with a yearning to fill your head with common sense to inform your design area, whatever it may be, this book is a good place to visit. But don't take my word for it, in the spirit of good design you can read most of the content on Joel's Blog. If you like it, the books for you.
Joel has a marvelous way of explaining himself. Becoming more and more popular from his public blog coverage (which I recommend you read).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading to anyone in the software industry 29 Jan 2009
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This book is a great insight into the many obstacles that a software developer faces. I've read many of joels books ranging productivity to business, this one covers the broadest range of software topics.
Whether you are thinking of going into the software industry or are a veteran coder reading this book will benefit you, more importantly you will enjoy it.
Wrote in a very light writing style (fitting for such a sometimes heavy subject) joel delivers relavent information and methodologies that can be applied in real life.
Definately worth the steep apress price.
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If you run any company (especially a smaller one) that writes software, you must read this book. Not only is it very well written, but as it is essay based, you can digest it one bite at a time. Pay particular attention to:
(1) how to attract and interview (and keep, where possible) software developers who will help you deliver a great product, and
(2) how to break down your product development into small, deliverable, discrete components that will build momentum and
(3) what to say and do when your technical lead says to you "... well, we really need to start again from scratch"
Buy and read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Joel 17 Aug 2006
By Chris
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Crammed with brilliant insights explained so clearly that even your manager might understand them. Why aren't there more software books like this?
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