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Leading Programmers Explain How They Think

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How do the experts solve difficult problems in software development? In this unique and insightful book, leading computer scientists offer case studies that reveal how they found unusual, carefully designed solutions to high-profile projects. You will be able to look over the shoulder of major coding and design experts as they work through their project's architecture, the tradeoffs made in its construction, and when it was important to break rules.


On Mar 5 Alexander Czernay wrote: Beautiful Code - A Collection Of Essays On Programing
Beautiful Code - The title immediately caught my attention and made me dream. I've been coding from the age of twelve and beautiful code always inspired me. I always headed for producing the most beautiful piece of code for any task - not always getting there, though. So in the end Beautiful Code looked like the perfect book to me. The book contains a selection of 33 essays written by programers coming from different industries and backgrounds. Each essay focuses on a single task or programing topic, eg. search, dictionaries or unit testing. Those tasks are usually described in good detail to understand the problem and solution the author found. For some tasks you also get a recap on the complete journey the author took to get from initial tries to final solution. The themes are widespread and there is no common topic - more specific than coding - glueing them together. Full Review  >

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On Jan 14 Sean Patterson wrote: This book is a challenging and inspiring read for new and seasoned programmers.
I heard about Beautiful Code, by Andy Oram and Greg Wilson a few years back, but haven't had the chance to read the book until now. It was worth the wait. This book is a challenging and inspiring read for new and seasoned programmers. Full Review  >

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On Jan 6 Markus Eisele wrote: It's an amazing book. And it is very hard to read.
Beautiful Code is a collection of essays from some well known software engineers. I was really looking forward reviewing this one because of the interest I have in other people's ways of solving problems. To make it short: It's an amazing book. And it is very hard to read. If you are thinking about buying it, make sure you have the time to deep dive into it, otherwise it will only be a nice, blue spine in your rack. Full Review  >

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On Dec 28 Michal Konrad Owsiak wrote: Beautiful Code Edited by Andy Oram and Greg Wilson
Andy and Greg collected quite impressive set of IT related essays and enclosed them within Beautiful Code. These are the texts that refer to various topics and treat them in a hard, engineering way. Full Review  >

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