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The Best Software Writing I by Joel Spolsky

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<pre>Author/s : Joel Spolsky
Publisher : Apress
Category : Marginalia
Review by : Valentin Crettaz
Rating : 9 horseshoes
Joel Spolsky is not only allergic to bad writings but he also strives to keep a safe distance from their authors as often as he can. The only computer sciences graduates he usually hires are the ones who also have an honorable mention in writing. Deploring a huge deficit of efficient communication skills in the software development community, Spolsky expects to remedy to this plague by showing people a couple of what his taste considers to be the best writings on software development published over the past two years.

With this undertaking, Spolsky wants to encourage members of the global software development ecosystem to cultivate their written communication skills in order to achieve maximal effectiveness when sharing their knowledge with other people. The 29 very entertaining and truly appealing essays introduced by Spolsky touch upon various software development topics, such as coding style, lack of documentation, team building, outsourcing, intellectual property, pathetic management strategy, hackers, programming and scripting languages, passion, superfluous hierarchical layers, marketing, testing, hiring hazards and many more.

If you are one of those guys who loves to regularly devour RSS feeds that convey golden wisdom about good and bad experiences of notable people, trust your instinct and get a copy of this book. Your bookshelf will definitely appreciate and welcome this new addition.

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Bill Barbour
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This book is a good read. I thoroughly enjoyed the book even though I am a hoosier, with apparently forgettable dinner chatter.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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