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Too much virtual ghost writing, not enough discipline
on 26 September 2016
Caveat emptor. I expected much of this book, as the cover just has the name of a single hero coder: Robert Martin. But "Uncle Bob" just wrote a few chapters, leaving the rest to other co-authors which, in my opinion, seriously dilute the value of this book.
Having this book written by several authors could have worked, had Uncle Bob ensured that all chapters were written to his high standard, and followed his advice and philosophy consistently. But this is not the case.
My main take-home lesson from this book is that our entire software industry is completely stuck: if a book such as this one cannot come across as completely self-consistent and reflecting of the kind of discipline and professionalism which is mentioned throughout the book, then what hope is there for any real-life software system? None.
Like Uncle Bob, I'm a grey-haired, highly experienced software professional. At this stage in my career, it is clear that our profession suffers from much more than mere lack of discipline.. our problems go much deeper, and nobody has managed to get to the root cause yet. The author that cracks this nut, will have a best-seller on his hands, but I fear it won't be Uncle Bob.