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Rapid Development by Steve McConnell
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Aug 30, 12

Read from May 14 to August 29, 2012

I think this book is really showing it's age. McConnell's advice feels genuine, but the data is based on experiences from the early 90s. A lot has happened in the software world between then and now so there are many things that don't fit with some of the best practices that modern development embraces. Unless you're staying on top of how companies do development today, it's hard to filter out what is outdated advice versus what is still relevant. Therefore, in spite of the book having some good information, I can't recommend it strongly because uninformed readers might be lead astray by practices that have proven themselves to be fads (I'm looking at you, JAD) or are just mediocre advice.

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