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Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin) Paperback – 11 Aug 2008

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Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the fly” into a book that will instill within you the values of a software craftsman and make you a better programmer―but only if you work at it.

What kind of work will you be doing? You’ll be reading code―lots of code. And you will be challenged to think about what’s right about that code, and what’s wrong with it. More importantly, you will be challenged to reassess your professional values and your commitment to your craft.

Clean Code is divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code―of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells” gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code.

Readers will come away from this book understanding

  • How to tell the difference between good and bad code
  • How to write good code and how to transform bad code into good code
  • How to create good names, good functions, good objects, and good classes
  • How to format code for maximum readability
  • How to implement complete error handling without obscuring code logic
  • How to unit test and practice test-driven development
This book is a must for any developer, software engineer, project manager, team lead, or systems analyst with an interest in producing better code.

About the Author

Robert C. “Uncle Bob” Martin has been a software professional since 1970 and an international software consultant since 1990. He is founder and president of Object Mentor, Inc., a team of experienced consultants who mentor their clients worldwide in the fields of C++, Java, C#, Ruby, OO, Design Patterns, UML, Agile Methodologies, and eXtreme programming.

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You're a self taught programmer who learned from stack overflow and a second hand beginner's guide to java. You've got an app on google play, and it works, but that's not enough any more because the bug reports are coming in and there are parts of your code where you fear to go. Classes with thousands of lines and nested indentations that stretch across to the margin line. Functions that don't make sense even with the comments you scattered throughout them. It's a mess and you know it. If this rings true for you, then Clean Code by Robert C Martin is going to help you, like it helped me. It's clearly written, easy to understand and provides code examples both good and bad to explain its practices. I just wish I had read it two years ago when I started programming.
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I'm very satisfied ​with the content, the book is suprisingly easy to read. It's packed with good, all-around tips which are applicable outside of Java too (my primary language is JavaScript). I'd recommend it to people who already know how to program and are looking at a way to improve their code organization and reasoning behind it.
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This is an amazing book for all the developers, new or experienced, if everybody could follow the standard in the team, so much time and effort could have been saved analyzing what the code trying to achieve!
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Great author, brilliant book
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Great product , good price
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This book is sublime and it will improve how you write code.
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Must read book!
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very good and very true
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