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How to Stop Sucking and Be Awesome Instead

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Jeff Atwood began the Coding Horror blog in 2004, and is convinced that it changed his life. He needed a way to keep track of software development over time – whatever he was thinking about or working on. He researched subjects he found interesting, then documented his research with a public blog post, which he could easily find and refer to later. Over time, increasing nu ...more
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Hyperink
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Alexander Tomislav
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book is a compilation of the best posts from the Coding Horror blog, and got my attention from several recommendations for developers I ran into. I've also read several blog posts there and was happy to get a book with the most popular posts in a book form.

As the book is a compilation of blog posts, it's a collection of essays, organized in several sections (How to suck less, Programming, Web Design Principles, Testing, Know your user, Causes we should care about, Gaming and Things to read)
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Sebastian Gebski
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Another Blog-To-Book thingie - noticeable worse than the 1st one Jeff (famous @codinghorror) created few years ago. Some posts are remarkable, namely:
* "Are you an expert?"
* "On our project, we're always 90 percent done"
* "How to become a better programmer by not programming"
* "Who's your coding buddy?"
* "Computer crime, then and now"
but unfortunately the great-to-average ratio is not nearly as good as it was in the 1st book.
I think this still makes this book worth reading (and I can recommend J
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Sundarraj Kaushik
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another nice book of blog entries from Jeff Atwood.

First few blogs are about how one should determine at a very early age if one can program or not and should drop out of a programming career if one is not. He speaks about "sheep that can program and goats that cannot program" should be separated out early in the career so that software can become better.

Some of the key observations that I liked are "You have to truly believe, as a company, and as peers, that crucial innovations and improvements
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Venkatesh-Prasad
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
After reading the predecessor of this book, this seemed less novel in terms of insights about software development and management.
Emad Mokhtar
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read Jeff's first book "Effective Programming" and I like it more than this one, in the last 3 sections I start to feel bored and Jeff start to talk about thinks I find them not interesting, that's why I gave it 4 stars ...more
Jeff Patterson
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
More of the same awesome stuff as his first book. Definitely read that one first! This book wasn't a compilation of his best blog posts. More like his second best, but I still enjoyed it. I like the mans insights and his commitment to quality and customer service are always spot on. ...more
Kully
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yes, it's a load of blog posts as a book. But I still enjoyed it.

I didn't enjoy the many hyperlinks - not useful on a Kindle far from the Internet (although there were quoted text in the book as well).
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Rodion Krivoshein
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jeff gives a good advice: in order to succeed you have to just suck slighly less today than you did yesterday.
Ivelin
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jeff's first book "Effective Programming" is better in my opinion. However this one was worth the reading. ...more
Andy
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was great!!! I strongly recommend the chapter on usability.
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