The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky

The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky

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Frustrated by the lack of well-written essays on software engineering, Joel Spolsky (of www.joelonsoftware.com fame) has put together a collection of his favorite writings on the topic.

With a nod to both the serious and funny sides of technical writing, The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky is an

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Frustrated by the lack of well-written essays on software engineering, Joel Spolsky (of www.joelonsoftware.com fame) has put together a collection of his favorite writings on the topic.

With a nod to both the serious and funny sides of technical writing, The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky is an entertaining read and a guide to the technical writing literati.

The Best Software Writing I contains writings from:

  • Ken Arnold
  • Leon Bambrick
  • Michael Bean
  • Rory Blyth
  • Adam Bosworth
  • danah boyd
  • Raymond Chen
  • Kevin Cheng and Tom Chi
  • Cory Doctorow
  • ea_spouse
  • Bruce Eckel
  • Paul Ford
  • Paul Graham
  • John Gruber
  • Gregor Hohpe
  • Ron Jeffries
  • Eric Johnson
  • Eric Lippert
  • Michael Lopp
  • Larry Osterman
  • Mary Poppendieck
  • Rick Schaut
  • Aaron Swartz
  • Clay Shirky
  • Eric Sink
  • why the lucky stiff

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The Barnes & Noble Review
There’s been a flowering of great writing about software: deep thinking, and flat-out funny stuff, too. The legendary Joel Spolsky has compiled the best of it, and his comments are as priceless as the writing.

Here are Cory Doctorow and Paul Graham, Clay Shirky and Aaron Swartz. Here’s Michael Bean on the pitfalls of outsourcing design...and Leon Bambrick’s hilarious trashing of Windows Search. Here’s Ken Arnold on why coding style should be enforced by compilers...and Rory Blyth wondering how marketers get all that malformatted data into Excel. Here’s Danah Boyd explaining why “social software” smacks of autism...and Bruce Eckel on why strong typing ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

It’ll make you think. Sometimes laugh. And, in the case of “ea_spouse” ’s chilling essay on life at Electronic Arts, maybe even shed a tear or two. Bill Camarda, from the August 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590595008
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
06/29/2005
Edition description:
1st ed. 2005. Corr. 2nd printing 2005
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,385,446
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Joel Spolsky is a globally recognized expert on the software development process. His web site Joel on Software (JoelonSoftware.com) is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over 30 languages. As the founder of Fog Creek Software in New York City, he created FogBugz, a popular project management system for software teams. Joel has worked at Microsoft, where he designed Visual Basic for Applications as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, developing an Internet client used by millions. He has written two books: User Interface Design for Programmers (Apress, 2001) and Joel on Software (Apress, 2004). Joel holds a bachelor's of science degree in computer science from Yale University. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper, and he was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton.

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