Good book on coding and software development

I have picked it two days ago in Chapters – Code Craft by Pete Goodliffe. Somehow similar in topics covered as the Rapid Development or From Coder to Developer – but newer. Divided into 6 parts:

Part I – At the codeface – defensive programming techniques, naming, formatting, commenting, error handling

Part II – The secret life of code – code contruction tools, testing and debugging methods, building

Part III – The Shape of the code – code design, architecture, source code growth and decay over time

Part IV – The Herd of Programmers – development practices and programming skills, psychological aspects of programming, communication

Part V – Part of the Process – rites and rituals of software development, specifications, estimation, code reviews,

Part VI – View from the top – high level view, sofware development metodologies.

I started to read in rather unstructured way in chapter 16 (Code Monkeys) dealing with typology of programmers and chapter 17,  covering the team and communication issues. I liked it a lot. Easy read, funny, entertaining and very practical. Often just common sense, but already formulated and properly packaged, ready to be communicated.

I have decided to read the full book. Will post a review after I am done.

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