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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
A short book, well written and easy to read.

Full of common sense, good ideas and insights on how to recruit and keep the best technical people (and why you want to).

Buy two copies, and give one to your manager.
Published on 2 July 2007 by Sam Deane

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3.0 out of 5 stars Short and not that Sweet
A very short book, it basically builds on various blog posts that Joel Spolsky posted on his website, JoelOnSoftware. An interesting book containing several worthwhile ideas around recruiting developers, but given how short the book is, not worth paying £10+ for. Read the blog posts, especially the post "The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code", and you will covered...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, 2 July 2007
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Sam Deane (Stornoway, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Hardcover)
A short book, well written and easy to read.

Full of common sense, good ideas and insights on how to recruit and keep the best technical people (and why you want to).

Buy two copies, and give one to your manager.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for IT people!, 11 Oct 2009
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Daniele Spinosa "microspino" (Siena, Italy) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Hardcover)
It's fantastic when you buy a book and you discover a lot more than what you're expecting from It! It's not only a nice title for HR people but It's a good tool to help yourself in being real and pragmatic in every choice you do in building your career and curriculum. Take the book read It more than one time, It's useful and fresh !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, practical advice, 18 July 2007
This review is from: Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Hardcover)
This is great advice for techies or managers involved in recruiting software engineers. Having done this myself for 10 years, I can only agree with most of what Joel says here. He quickly dismisses the "trick question" style of technical interviewing, and provides practical advice not only in how to recruit, but how to retain.

A great, quick guide to an often overlooked area.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short and not that Sweet, 19 Aug 2013
This review is from: Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Hardcover)
A very short book, it basically builds on various blog posts that Joel Spolsky posted on his website, JoelOnSoftware. An interesting book containing several worthwhile ideas around recruiting developers, but given how short the book is, not worth paying £10+ for. Read the blog posts, especially the post "The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code", and you will covered everything in this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading it, 28 Sep 2007
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E. El-barbary (Birmingham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Hardcover)
Joel's book is an excellent read, I thoroughly enjoyed it cover to cover and I came away with some great information for when I move on in my career.

Even though developers looking for a company to work for might not the main type of reader for this book, I think what Joel has to say does help in fully appreciating the point of view of hiring companies. The book provides insight in what to look for in a great workplace and what questions to ask during the interview.

I really enjoyed reading it, and would recommend you buy it.
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