Chapter 4. So Much to Learn, So Little Time

The average software developer, for example, doesn’t own a single book on the subject of his or her work, and hasn’t ever read one. That fact is horrifying for anyone concerned about the quality of work in the field; for folks like us who write books, it is positively tragic.

—Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister, Peopleware

When my software group at Kodak interviewed candidates for some development positions, one question I asked every applicant was, “How do you keep up with the software literature?” The responses were discouraging. Some people didn’t really understand the question. Few had read any software books recently. Even fewer were enrolled in academic programs pursuing additional education in ...

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