By Jeff Atwood

In regards to the BOOK

Jeff Atwood started the Coding Horror weblog in 2004, and is confident that it replaced his existence. He wanted how to hold music of software program improvement through the years – no matter what he was once brooding about or engaged on. He researched matters he discovered fascinating, then documented his examine with a public web publication submit, which he may well simply locate and consult with later. over the years, expanding numbers of web publication viewers chanced on the posts worthwhile, appropriate and engaging. Now, nearly 100,000 readers stopover at the weblog consistent with day and approximately as many remark and engage at the site.

Effective Programming: greater than Writing Code is your one-stop store for all issues programming. Jeff writes with humor and figuring out, bearing in mind either pro programmers and beginners to understand the intensity of his learn. From such posts as

“The Programmer’s invoice of Rights” and “Why Cant Programmers... Program?” to “Working With the Chaos Monkey,” this booklet introduces the significance of writing dependable code, the logistics concerned, and the way humans may still view it extra as a life-style than a career.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeff Atwood lives in Berkeley, CA together with his spouse, cats, 3 youngsters and an entire lot of desktops. He used to be weaned as a software program developer on numerous implementations of Microsoft simple within the '80s, beginning along with his first microcomputer, the Texas tools TI-99/4a. Atwood endured at the computer with visible easy 3.0 and home windows 3.1 within the early ’90s, even if he additionally spent major time writing Pascal code within the first types of Delphi. he's now rather cozy in VB.NET or C#, regardless of the evils of case sensitivity. He's presently studying Ruby.

Atwood considers himself a fairly skilled internet software program developer with a selected curiosity within the human part of software program improvement, as represented in his steered developer examining record. As he avers, desktops are interesting machines, yet they're normally a mirrored image of the folks utilizing them. within the artwork of software program improvement, learning code isn't adequate; you might want to learn the folks at the back of the software program, too.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

- Introduction
- The artwork of having Shit Done
- ideas of excellent Programming
- Hiring Programmers the ideal Way
- Getting Your staff to paintings Together
- The Batcave: potent Workspaces for Programmers
- Designing With the person in Mind
- safeguard fundamentals: holding Your Users' Data
- trying out Your Code, So it Doesn't Suck greater than it Has To
- construction, coping with and taking advantage of a Community
- advertising Weasels and the way to not Be One
- protecting Your Priorities immediately

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