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