Sunday, 29 July 2012

The Clean Coder

I don't read many tech books, at least not as many as I should do. However, I've just finished 'The Clean Coder - A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers' by legendary software expert Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) and really enjoyed it.

Uncle Bob uses his vast experience in the industry to define what he thinks makes a professional software craftsman. He covers how to deal with conflict, impossible schedules, unreasonable managers and mounting pressure. He also explores time management, working environments and how best to get into the flow of coding. Bob makes some bold statements that many won't agree with, including about how much time outside of work professionals should be putting into their craft, but agree or not Bob always has some compelling arguments.

What I liked most about this book is Bob's honesty about the experiences he draws upon in his career. Even the brilliant Uncle Bob has made some big mistakes but is happy to retell these stories and highlight what he's learnt from his experiences. Bob's writing style makes it easy to follow and I'd recommend this to any software developers or managers looking for their next tech fix.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, that looks interesting. I am going to read the book on your recommendation.