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3.0 out of 5 stars Was Inspiring but also Repetitive, 12 May 2012
This review is from: 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know (Paperback)
This is a random collection of 97 programming tips from about 80 computer programmers/developers. The book is fairly short at 195 pages of main text followed by short bio's on the contributors. Each tip is neatly presented over two pages usually of about four paragraphs and usually with plenty of white space (some tips are larger than others). It a nice easy read.

I enjoyed this book and did find it inspiring and would recommend it as a nice read for programmers be they novice or experience but I can't really give it more than 3 stars overall as the articles are pretty random and a lot are saying similar things, a more distinct though out collection of tips could have been better. Though there is a helpful grouping at the start they are just laid out one after the other in no particular order. There are a few very specific pieces but many are really on keeping up to date, use good style and be considerate.

Perhaps this is because it is what resonates most with me but I could summarise the book as be professional, use good style, write code as if you are going to a have to maintain it (a good specific tip), always take time to improve code your bug fixing / developing (the always I disagree with), test test test, automate and always keep learning.

Its a nice read that I enjoyed and would would recommend it didn't really teach me lots - I'm older and but it was a good refresher. Could have done with a more diverse set of articles so you might be better getting a more structured book on development (style and testing) and remember keep in mind keep learning. Then again it has encouraged me to get on with learning that next programming language.
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