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on 16 February 2010
This book is pretty interesting and an easy read. It's all about productivity - choosing and using the right tools, gains acheived by using the keyboard instead of the mouse, things to look for and excell at with editores and IDEs, and even coding principles to achieve cleaner and more reusable and testable code. The book is thin, so its not jammed with every single possible detail, making it quite light on the reading. You get the principles clearly presented and some examples to make the ideas even clearer.

Most of the code is Java, but is easily read and understood by anyone who works with .Net (like me). There's also some dynamic language stuff in there. The code is very readable. Overall, and more important than the code, are the principals mentioned and the recomended methods, to help you make yourself more productive when programming.

The book is worth reading and should probably be complemented by one of the Robert Martin series books like Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin)or Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C# (Robert C. Martin).
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on 3 April 2010
Easy reading, the author is obviously an experienced hands-on programmer. The author makes good solid points and presents good down-to-earth tips for fixing pains you recognize. No academic stuff, just plain 'you need this shovel to dig that hole, not a spoon'. Which is perfect.

You get a lot of "i knew this already"'s, but in general you pick up a few good tips here and there. It covers Linux, OSX and Windows - which obviously has it's share of overhead as you probably don't use all 3 OS'es. I found nothing magically super groundbreaking, but wasn't really expecting too either.

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on 15 February 2011
Concise, to the point - and definitely not for beginner. It is neither handbook nor a set of receipts - rather, a book of stories "once upon a time in one of the projects we did this and it worked. Next time we did that, and it did not work".

Author does have something to say so the book well worth reading.
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on 23 August 2011
a very pragmatic book. Even if 30% of the points developed in the book suit your needs, there are more than worth reading. and the 70% remaining might just help opening your eyes. Easy reading, although precise and relevant
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