It's great to be here! Thought you might like to know a little about the book to seed your questions.
It's a language-agnostic journey through what it means to write excellent code, really well. It's all about programming in the Real World, not in some ivory tower. I discuss tips, tricks, and techniques that high quality programmers adopt to help them on the front line - when facing awful legacy code, harsh deadlines, and difficult problems.
The book covers the nuts-and-bolts of code writing in great detail, and (unlike many other books) also lifts its head up and looks around the "software factory" too, so you'll see more than just how to write lines of code or design a small chunk of functionality. You'll see how to program in a team, and how to craft the best software you can. It's a real "world view" of the entire software development process.
And there's a load of reviews on the net. Take a look at the Amazon site for a good starting point http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1593271190/jranch-20 (By the way, the amazon page seems to yo-yo between the correct cover image and a very old draft version - if it looks rubbish you'll know why!)
Joined: Feb 02, 2007
Sorry to post a follow-up to myself, but I remembered that you might also like to take a look at a larger preview of the book that's up on Google books.