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Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think
Andy Oram & Greg Wilson (editors)
Reviewed by Frank Carver, May 2008
(10 of 10)
Although there are code samples aplenty in this book, it's not really for direct use. If you want copy-and-paste solutions, look elsewhere. What this book offers is deep insight into what good code is, and how it is created.
It felt somehow wrong to chew and swallow this book for a review. This is a book like a box of fine chocolates; even choosing what to consume next is pleasant anticipation, and each morsel is best savoured, slowly, to get the most enjoyment. Beautiful Code will take a well-deserved place on my bookshelf alongside "The Pragmatic Programmer" and next to the gap where Bentley's "Programming Pearls" once stood. I won't be lending this one out in a hurry, though.
If you care about the craft of code, you should buy this book.
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