Book Review: Code Simplicity
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some good points:
- the most obvious good thing about this book is that its not huge, everything covered in 90 pages. so this was something exciting for me. also the chapters are concise.
- concepts have been explained in a concise manner and the language is simple, so you can get an idea of what the author tries to tell.
- useful for someone starting off in software development
now something not so good about the book:
- really vague and certainly not useful for a seasoned developer, not even for some mid level developer, as lot of concepts seem obvious.
- more like a collection of articles enhanced to form a book.
- the title says- the science of software development, but stating a formula and a law or two doesnt make a subject science. i think the author hasnt been able to justify software design as a science.
lot of the concepts explained in the book are put forth as science, but i don't agree. a lot still depends on the individual, they can be stated as guidelines but not something as concrete as newtons laws of motion. the idea of software design, development varies a lot between companies, but i dont think newton’s laws dont vary with places. but when it comes to software design, the onus is on the developer, and the code reviewers. i dont say that the topics covered in the book are not useful, they are certainly useful and i enjoyed reading them. few ideas where really useful, but as a whole the idea of science of software development fails.
if at all anytime you get a copy of this book and you are new to software development be it student or a professional i would certainly recommend this book. but there are lots of other better books but considering the volume of this book, i would say nothing is lost in reading it.
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