Code complete electronic version ?
jwdillworth at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 3 14:52:21 CEST 2003
I had it, but got rid of it (gave to co-worker).
After reading the _The Pragmatic Programmer_, the
"software development as construction" metaphor seemed
slightly broken IMHO and I couldn't get excited about
The authors of the latter explain software development like
gardening, there being an element of unpredictability
or at least hard-to-predictability.
I think this explains software development nicely.
Sometimes what you planted doesn't grow like you expected.
Sometimes some weeding is necessary. It's an ongoing thing,
more so than construction where once a building is built,
it's built, maybe needing the occasional paint job or a new
roof but those chores don't seem to make good software
Construction is also highly predictable. If you throw N
workers at building of X size the job will be done in Z
weeks. Expecting such predictability from software
development will lead to disappointment, tension, and
possibly job loss.
Anyway, I highly recommend _The Pragmatic Programmer_.
Some bits of _Code Complete_ are also good, the "don't
flip the bozo bit" (IIRC) section contains some good
advice. And it does encourage one to take pride in
--- post400 <post400 at prontomail.com> wrote:
> apparently there is a very famous book that every developer should
> read: Code complete by Steve McConnell !
> Is there an electronic version freely downloadable ? After all, the
> book was released in 1993 , it should have been public domain by now !
> It would be nice to have a try before ! 50 is not exactly cheap !
> What do you think ? Is it worth the money or not ?
> Thanks !
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