Becoming a Better Programmer
A Handbook for People Who Care About Code
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2014
Pages: 362

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
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        Good coverage on a variety of topics

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          This book is easy to read and the author's style was enjoyable. Some points are repeated in several places, but it's understandable given that the chapters are meant to stand alone.

          I have a general engineering background, but spend most of my time working on software. There was lots of advice here on the general practices and approaches that I found to be very helpful.

          The early release edition has a few typos, and many of the pictures don't seem to be sized right on the .mobi version on Kindle.

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              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.

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              Easy to read, succinct advice.

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                Easy to read book that makes its points succinctly and convincingly.

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