More Joel on Software: Further Thoughts on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity [NOOK Book]

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Joel, Apress, Blogs, and Blooks



...I was learning the hard way about how to be a publisher and probably spending way too much time looking at web sites and programming than I should have in response to that. Anyway, one day I came across this web site called , which was run by a guy with strong opinions and an unusual, clever writing style, along with a willingness to take on the conventional wisdom. In particular, he was writing ...

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Overview





Joel, Apress, Blogs, and Blooks



...I was learning the hard way about how to be a publisher and probably spending way too much time looking at web sites and programming than I should have in response to that. Anyway, one day I came across this web site called , which was run by a guy with strong opinions and an unusual, clever writing style, along with a willingness to take on the conventional wisdom. In particular, he was writing this ongoing series about how bad most user interfaces were–mostly because programmers by and large knew, as Joel and I would say, using the same Yiddish-derived NYC vernacular that we both share, "bupkis" about what users really want. And I, like many, was hooked both by the series and the occasional random essay that Joel wrote. And then I had this epiphany: I'm a publisher, I like reading his stuff, why not turn it into a book?...

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            – Gary Cornell, Cofounder, Apress



Since the release of the bestselling title Joel on Software in 2004, requests for a sequel have been relentless. So, we went back to the famed JoelonSoftware.com archives and pulled out a new batch of favorites, many of which have been downloaded over one million times. With Joel's newest book, More Joel on Software, you'll get an even better (not to mention updated) feast of Joel's opinions and impressions on software development, software design, running a software business, and so much more.

This is a new selection of essays from the author's web site, joelonsoftware.com.

Joel Spolsky started his weblog in March 2000 in order to offer his insights, based on years of experience, on how to improve the world of programming. This weblog has become infamous among the programming world, and is linked to more than 600 other web sites and translated into 30+ languages!

Spolsky's extraordinary writing skills, technical knowledge, and caustic wit have made him a programming guru. With the success of Joel on Software, there has been a strong demand for additional gems and advice, and this book is the answer to those requests.

Containing a collection of all-new articles from the original, More Joel on Software has even more of an edge than the original, and the tips for running a business or managing people have far broader application than the software industry. We feel it is safe to say that this is the most useful book you will buy this year.


What you’ll learn


  • The best approaches to managing and hiring extraordinary people

  • Advice for those interested in the software industry as a career and for managers who want to get them

  • Joel's unique impressions of how to create products and design–good and bad

  • An "in the trenches" look at how to start and run an effective software business (or any business for that matter)

  • A true sense of what it takes to create a differentiated, unique, motivated organization




Who this book is for


Anyone interested in the software business will truly enjoy this book, but in particular this should be required reading for managers of technical businesses.


Table of Contents


  1. My First BillG Review

  2. Finding Great Developers

  3. A Field Guide to Developers

  4. Three Management Methods (Introduction)

  5. The Command and Control Management Method

  6. The Econ 101 Management Method

  7. The Identity Management Method

  8. The Perils of JavaSchools

  9. Talk at Yale

  10. Advice for Computer Science College Students

  11. Font Smoothing, Anti-Aliasing, and Subpixel Rendering

  12. A Game of Inches

  13. The Big Picture

  14. Choices = Headaches

  15. It's Not Just Usability

  16. Building Communities with Software

  17. Martian Headsets

  18. Why Are the Microsoft Office File Formats So Complicated?

  19. Where There's Muck, There's Brass

  20. Evidence-Based Scheduling

  21. Strategy Letter VI

  22. Can Your Programming Language Do This?

  23. Making Wrong Code Look Wrong

  24. Foreword to Eric Sink on the Business of Software

  25. Foreword to Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality

  26. Hitting the High Notes

  27. Bionic Office

  28. Up the Tata Without a Tutu

  29. Simplicity

  30. Rub a Dub Dub

  31. Top Twelve Tips for Running a Beta Test

  32. Seven Steps to Remarkable Customer Service

  33. Picking a Ship Date

  34. Camels and Rubber Duckies

  35. Five Whys

  36. Set Your Priorities




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430209881
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Table of Contents

Joel, Apress, Blogs, and Blooks

About the Author

Part 1 Managing People 1

1 My First BillG Review 3

2 Finding Great Developers 9

3 A Field Guide to Developers 21

4 Three Management Methods (Introduction) 35

5 The Command and Control Management Method 37

6 The Econ 101 Management Method 41

7 The Identity Management Method 47

Part 2 Advice to Potential Programmers 51

8 The Perils of JavaSchools 53

9 Talk at Yale 59

10 Advice for Computer Science College Students 73

Part 3 The Impact of Design 83

11 Font Smoothing, Anti-Aliasing, and Subpixel Rendering 85

12 A Game of Inches 89

13 The Big Picture 93

14 Choices = Headaches 99

15 It's Not Just Usability 103

16 Building Communities with Software 111

Part 4 Managing Large Projects 123

17 Martian Headsets 125

18 Why Are the Microsoft Office File Formats So Complicated? (And Some Workarounds) 143

19 Where There's Muck, There's Brass 151

Part 5 Programming Advice 155

20 Evidence-Based Scheduling 157

21 Strategy Letter VI 171

22 Can Your Programming Language Do This? 177

23 Making Wrong Code Look Wrong 183

Part 6 Starting a Software Business 201

24 Foreword to Eric Sink on the Business of Software 203

25 Foreword to Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality 207

26 Hitting the High Notes 211

Part 7 Running a Software Business 221

27 Bionic Office 223

28 Up the Tata Without a Tutu 227

29 Simplicity 231

30 Rub a Dub Dub 235

31 Top Twelve Tips for Running a Beta Test 241

32 Seven Steps to Remarkable Customer Service 245

Part 8 Releasing Software 255

33 Picking a Ship Date 257

34 Camels and Rubber Duckies 263

Part 9 Revising Software 281

35 Five Whys 283

36 Set YourPriorities 289

Index 297

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