If you’re passionate about programming and want to get better at it, you’ve come to the right source. Code Craft author Pete Goodliffe presents a collection of useful techniques and approaches to the art and craft of programming that will help boost your career and your well-being.
Goodliffe presents sound advice that he’s learned in 15 years of professional programming. The book’s standalone chapters span the range of a software developer’s life—dealing with code, learning the trade, and improving performance—with no language or industry bias. Whether you’re a seasoned developer, a neophyte professional, or a hobbyist, you’ll find valuable tips in five independent categories:
Code-level techniques for crafting lines of code, testing, debugging, and coping with complexity
Practices, approaches, and attitudes: keep it simple, collaborate well, reuse, and create malleable code
Tactics for learning effectively, behaving ethically, finding challenges, and avoiding stagnation
Practical ways to complete things: use the right tools, know what “done” looks like, and seek help from colleagues
Habits for working well with others, and pursuing development as a social activity
Pete Goodliffe is a programmer, a software development columnist, a musician, and author. He never stays at the same place in the software food chain - his projects range from OS implementation, through audio codecs, to multimedia applications; from embedded firmware, through iOS development, to desktop applications. He has a passion for curry and doesn’t wear shoes.
Pete’s popular development book Code Craft is a practical and entertaining investigation of the entire programming pursuit. In about 600 pages. No mean feat! It has been translated into many languages. He writes a magazine column called "Becoming a Better Programmer," has contributed to several software development books, and regularly speaks on software development topics.
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Comments about oreilly Becoming a Better Programmer:
I understand this is an early release but this book doesn't contain very much useful content. I have read other books on good development that were significantly better. When the book is final, I will try again and, hopefully, it will be more useful. Right now, it is a bunch of fluff with no good information.