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on 6 December 2010
A legendary text but less than relevant these days. At its core are principles that don't date but it's relevance is to the history of the development of computer software systems. An entertaining read nonetheless.
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on 30 December 2012
As with all classics, the lessons found in there are timeless.
Brooks' observations are always sharp, crisp and to the point.
A got to read for managers, engineers and many more...
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on 19 August 2009
You may expect a computer book written in 1975 to be a little past its prime, but surprisingly this collection of essays has much wisdom for today's software makers.
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on 16 July 2015
Fantastic quality and for its age it puts all photoshopping of women in magazines etc. to shame.

This book was recommended to me by a colleague and on quick skim I think that this will be an interesting read.
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on 18 November 1997
I did indeed like this book and certainly would recommend it as reading material for software engineering managers and supervisors. Since it was originally written about 20 years ago, it is a bit out of date but is very interesting. As it is said "...you don't know where you are going unless you know where you have come...". I particularly found the mention of "...implementing a counter in transistors..." definitely showed the age of the book :-). However, It is very direct and not drawn out, my favourite part of the book is the very concise but yet detailed summary of the book. A definite winner...
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on 25 August 1998
This book is a mandatory reading for IT managers. It explains why some of the biggest mistakes and failures in application development projects keep happeninng over and over again. The second chapter is worth its weight in gold. If there's any mandatory reading for IT business and project managers at all, this is it. Keep this book on your desk and you'll save your company tons of money in failed projects.
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on 15 July 1998
This is one book I couldn't live (or at least develop software) without. I read it in college, and it didn't make any sense to me. Then I re-read it after about six years of large-scale software development, and it blew me away. Incredibly insightful!
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on 12 May 2010
Although some sections are a bit dated, the core essence of this book remains true. The writing style is crisp and to the point and appreciates the reader's time. This book should be essential reading for anyone doing software development.
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on 14 September 1999
Not a bad book, but having read "Debugging the Development Environment" (by Steve Maguire) first, I found it difficult to get anything new out of it. Most examples are now quite dated, and are difficult to apply to small teams working on faster turnaround projects. I would recommend "Debugging the Development Environment" over this book.
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on 22 December 2010
Even though the book is literally decades old, it's most relevant points are still accurate, relevant and up to date. A must-read for software developers/architects.
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