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This review is from: Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming (Paperback)
Having looked at this book time and again, I was waiting for Santa to bring some vouchers and pick it up, its sat on my wishlist to that effect for weeks. Luckily a friend already had a copy and I've had a good old read... Thank goodness...
The book is okay, it does contain simple straight forward interviews between the author and the programmers at hand, but the interviews are not really what I was expecting. I had expected pearls of wisdom, some insight into the work at hand, instead the interviews are very much more about the programmers past, what they did in a sort of poor biographical style, not very technical at all.
Even the interview with Ken Thompson, the main one I was interested in reading, is not very technically insightful at all.
This is perhaps my fault, I did expect a lot from this book, most of which being a technical insight, but there simply is none. So, if this might be why you want to read this, don't buy it. If you check out say the interview with Bjarne Stroustrup over at BigThink (you can see this on youtube also) regarding the development of C++, that's the kind of thing I expected this to be, or some sort of coverage of "we had to solve X problem to ship Y product on Z platform" and this is how I did it, but there's little to none of this.
The writing style was okay, and the interviews had small snippets of interest, but on the whole I found it hard to read all this book, I have however read it all, and I'm so glad I didn't actually buy it, my friend can have their copy back and good luck to them, very mediocre fair.