I.M. Wright's Hard Codeby Eric Brechner
Get the brutal truth about coding, testing, and project management—from a Microsoft insider who tells it like it is. I. M. Wright’s deliberately provocative column “Hard Code” has been sparking debate amongst thousands of engineers at Microsoft for years. And now (despite our better instincts), we’re making his opinions available to
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I.M. Wright (Eric Brechner) fills the book with his opinions and attitudes with more than 20 years of development experience. I found many of his opinions and attitudes right on the mark, others I wasn't sure I agreed with, but I found the book an excellent read. It was interesting reading opinions that date back as far as 2001. More times than not we look at experts' opinions from almost 10 years ago you find that their opinions are way off the mark. This is not the case with I.M. Wright. There are things in the book that even the author looking back has decided wasn't the best idea. But more times than not, what the author said in the early 2000s apply today. I really enjoyed his 2002 column entitled "Six Sigma? Oh please!". Because the author was working in the real world you don't get a lot of theory or how things should be, but how thing are, real and unfair. He will defend developers and managers when he thinks they need defending, then turn around and chastised them when he thinks they deserve the criticism. I was a little surprised that while working for large organization and these columns were printed internally in the company, the author did not hesitate to criticize the way management operated. This is not a boring book. The author has strong opinions, attitudes and does not hesitate to express them on the pages. It is fun to read someone's rants and his justifications for these rants. I'm sure everyone will find something they agreed with and something they will not.