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97 Things Every Programmer Should Know by Kevlin Henney
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Mar 05, 11

Read in March, 2011

This book as a collection of two-page reflections on different aspects of programming, each contributed by a different practitioner. The topics range from specific practical items, such as the use of comments or specific design patterns, to the philosophical, such as why programmers should read the humanities.

There were some articles with interesting and new ideas. But as someone who has been programming professionally for more than twenty years those were definitely the minority. Nevertheless, the articles, even those covering old ground, were nicely written, and I picked up a lot of new ways to think about and describe old ideas.

The small bite-sized pieces make the book an easy read, and also had the benefit of forcing the writers to get their points across succinctly.
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