A somewhat shallow “classic”
My rating: 3/5
This is one of my favorite books on programming, although I burned through it in about 3 or 4 hours, and didn’t learn a huge amount from it. The point is that it was fun to read, it made a lot of sense, and it was helpful in reinforcing the habits I knew were good ones.
I figured I had to read it too. Unfortunately it didn’t meet my high expectations and came out a bit too shallow for my taste. Like Steve I didn’t learn much reading it. At best I got a couple of new arguments for practises I already embrace.
But, it was fun and easy to read so I still recommend it. Especially if you haven’t read many other books on software development.
If you’re looking for a more inspirational read I recommend My Job Went To India by Chad Fowler.