Sunday, 13 March 2011

51uSFVY7zjL._SS500_ Following on from "97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know" and the less heard of "97 Things Every Project Manager Should Know" is this book full of 97 things we programmers should know. Born from the same community process this book contains insight from many of today's best developers cutting code day after day.

Like the other books in this series this book is extremely well written and presented in a very digestible format as each of the 97 points has a maximum of two pages. This has lead to a book that is very easy to pick up and read cover to cover while community to work or even reading one or two points while waiting for a build to complete.

Alongside being a really easy to read book it is also an excellent reference book and thanks to the well laid out table of contents which can be flicked through very quickly this is a book that can be used easily to help resolve the occasional cubical dispute.

Some of the topics will seem blatantly obvious while other topics were thought provoking and will maybe bring things more to your attention that you were subconsciously doing. The book isn't as hard core as other classic titles such as The Pragmatic Programmer, Code Complete and the Art of Computer Programming, I still feel that this is a book that every programmer should have a go at reading. It isn't that expensive and it's a very easy read so it won't take up too much of you time and you'll probably pick up a few things to think about will knocking out code.

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