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.
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.