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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful with misleading title, 12 April 2010
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This review is from: Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin) (Paperback)
This book contains a lot of useful information for software developers regardless of the language in which they are developing. Most of the concepts apply to the majority of object-based programming languages in use today, and in this respect the book achieves its goal.

In order to demonstrate the concepts being discussed, the authors needed to use code examples and Java is the chosen language for this book. As a C# developer I find this a fairly common occurrence in books focussing on Software Engineering in general, and it doesn't usually cause me too many problems. It's generally simple to map the Java concepts across to their equivalents in C#, and many authors keep Java specifics to a minimum to aid this.

Unfortunately, in Clean Code some of the authors lose sight of the fact that this is a Software Engineering book and not a Java development book (either that or the publishers altered the marketing of the book after it had been written). Often, when discussing general concepts, the authors mention Java specific concepts, and in many cases it's clear it wasn't even necessary to do so.

The problem is acerbated by the book title and blurb on the back cover: nowhere does it mention Java. A developer may look inside the book and see Java code, but assume that the accompanying text is general. The reliance on Java knowledge should have been stated clearly in either the title or in the marketing blurb.

Overall, the book is a useful guide to developing maintainable software and I did manage to glean some interesting information from it. But it is less useful than it could have been had some of the authors worked out a way to demonstrate the concepts in a non-language-specific manner. Using Java as an example language is fine - discussing the concepts from a Java-specific viewpoint is not.
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