It’s not often that an author comes along in our field and opens up a whole new line of inquiry. That’s what Diomidis Spinellis did with his first book, Code Reading. There is a desperate need in our field for books that broach the subject of reading code rather than writing it. There is a whole school of software thought that says it is more important to teach new students how to read code before they learn to write it, on the grounds that (a) reading-before-writing is the way other language subjects conduct their pedagogy, and (b) the task of most programmers in our new millennium is to modify existing code (which means reading it first), not developing new code. So I was deeply pleased when Spinellis acknowledged the importance of ...

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