Max Kanat-Alexander

Max Kanat-Alexander

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Mountain View, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • Software Design
  • speaking
Max Kanat-Alexander has been fixing computers since he was eight years old and writing software since he was fourteen. He works as a Software Engineer at Google, focusing on code quality and developer productivity. He is the author of Code Simplicity, a book describing the fundamental laws of software design. He writes at codesimplicity.com and is currently living in Northern California.

Code Simplicity Code Simplicity
by Max Kanat-Alexander
March 2012
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $21.99

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How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

Photo-Development Challenge Results #2: Statues

May 22 2015

It's been three months to the day since I posted "Photo-Development Challenge: Inspire Me and Others With Your Artistic Interpretation", and I'm mortified that it's only the second set of results that I'm finally getting around to sharing (the first having been "Hillside Temple Buildings" 2½ months ago). In retrospect,… read more

Ask the Readers: Will higher interest rates make you save more money?

May 22 2015

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Interest rates are expected to rise later in 2015. What will you do with this information? You could make the case that you haven’t missed much if you didn’t keep your money in a savings account over the last few years. But still,… read more

Four short links: 22 May 2015

May 22 2015

GM: That Car You Bought, We’re Really the Ones Who Own It — GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument … read more

Webcast: The Four Components of Software
December 12, 2012
In this webcast presentation, Max Kanat-Alexander will go over a method of analyzing software that breaks down all designs into four components: Input, Structure, Action, and Results.

Webcast: Code Simplicity: The Science of Software Design
November 29, 2012
In this webcast, Max Kanat-Alexander will give a basic overview of the newly codified fundamental laws of software development as covered in his newly released book, Code Simplicity.

Webcast: Code Simplicity: The Science of Software Design
June 05, 2012
In this webcast, Max Kanat-Alexander will give a basic overview of the newly codified fundamental laws of software development as covered in his newly released book, Code Simplicity.

Webcast: Code Simplicity: The Three Flaws of Software Design
June 28, 2012
In this webcast, Max Kanat-Alexander will go in depth on the Three Flaws—three major classes of mistakes that developers make when attempting to create good software designs.