Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Beautiful Code

I've been reading Beautiful Code on and off during my commute and in the bathtub.

I had high hopes for this book.  I'm somewhat disappointed.  I found some several chapters quite good, others a bit mundane, a few were somewhat tedious to read, and a couple espoused what I consider to be risky design practices.

Nevertheless, I did enjoy the diversity of the examples and opinions.  It's always good to read what other coders have to say, even when we disagree.

There's much more to be said about beautiful code.  I haven't dug into the Beautiful Code web site much yet but at a glance it looks pretty good.  And there's always lots of stuff to read in other books, blogs, and mailing lists.

My first piece of advice to other programmers is always: "Read more code."  So if you're thinking about reading this book, I'd say go ahead.  It can't hurt.  ;-)

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