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February 16, 2005

Recommended Reading

One of my colleagues has just received his copy of Pragmatic Version Control Using Subversion and he is praising it to anyone who will listen around the office. If I can't wrestle the copy out of his hands I may have to take the drastic step of ordering my own.

I was rather startled to find from a straw poll (of people within shouting distance) that no one had read what I consider to be the three seminal computing texts. So I'm going to point them all at this blog entry and suggest they read;

  1. The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas
  2. The Mythical Man Month by Frederik P. Brooks, jr.
  3. Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister.

Posted by Andy Todd at February 16, 2005 11:10 AM


Read those.

You missed Steve McConnell's "Code Complete". If you've not read it, you're an amateur. (I've not read the 2nd edition. Is it worth the upgrade?)

Then of course there are all the language specific essentials, but that's a whole 'nother subject...

Posted by: Simon Brunning on February 16, 2005 07:52 PM

While we're making lists, Martin Fowler's "Refactoring" is a brilliant text on the practice of writing and extending existing code.

Posted by: Alan Green on February 18, 2005 08:41 AM