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  • Posted January 14, 2010

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    This is quite a good book, although not every topic will appeal to every reader. Because this is a collection of papers by individual authors, there is some variation in tone and writing quality from section to section.

    I enjoyed seeing what each contributor felt to be an especially noteworthy case study, and learned a lot from several of the chapters. A handful of offerings were somewhat less interesting, but the book is large enough that most readers should find enough solid content to be worth the asking price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2007

    A great peek into some truly brilliant minds

    This book was designed as a way for modern programmers to show how they think: why should a system be designed one way and not another? What makes code beautiful? This book is organized into 33 different chapters, where leading programmers pick a software topic that is beautiful to them, then proceed to describe what makes it so. This book is a fascinating insight into the minds of some leading programmers. The authors cover many different topics: from Subversion¿s Delta Editor to Python¿s Dictionary implementation from the enterprise system behind the Mars rover to some design decisions behind Ruby. Again, these are all fascinating to look at, but the breadth of material is so varied that it might be difficult for a lot of individuals to really get into. Lead programmers or software architects will likely eat this stuff up, but it¿ll probably be too much for the average working software developer. If you are able to get past the fact that each chapter comes from an entirely new author with an entirely new project, this is an interesting book and a great peek into some truly brilliant minds.

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