- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: Kate Thompson; 1 edition (1 January 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996193308
- ISBN-13: 978-0996193306
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,19,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Kate has been programming since her family got a Commodore 64 computer when she was young. Her teaching career began shortly after when she taught her brothers the basics of programming. Kate has worked in the computer industry for decades. She's worked for Qualcomm, Amazon, AOL and Verizon, but she prefers the environment in smaller companies. As she gained experience, she realized there were things her coworkers didn't understand, and she wished they did. That is when she started writing. Her books start basic, but also include advanced concepts. Kate hopes you enjoy her book! Visit her website at: http: //www.zerobugsandprogramfaster.net/
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I want to like this book! I really do. It's just really bad. Grammatical errors abound from page one—strike that—before page one. There's an error in the dedication. The page with the fewest words did not escape this author's ineptitude. Clearly no understanding of commas and what they do and or don't do, the very concept of an appositive, clause dependence, colons, semicolons...
I don't want to be mean. Some people are bad at grammar. But half of this book seems to be about meticulously crafting your syntax and seeking out code reviews and the tragic irony of it all gets to be too much. Any editor would've caught half of these problems. Anyone. A tenth grade Language and Composition student barely pulling a C could've glanced at this prose and dished, "yeah, that's a comma splice, dawg."
And another thing (boy, I'm really getting worked up)! It's not just that there are many (many!) technical mistakes. The sentence construction is horrible, too. Like, probably-wouldn't-pass-a-high-school-english-class bad. Again, an editor's guiding hand is sorely missing from the outset.
There are weird layout and design things (line spacing is the big one) that also immediately caught my eye but they don't matter too much. It's almost like this book was put together by one person who isn't really good at any one thing. Actually, that may be exactly what happened. Which is impressive, really. But not up to snuff.
All this is to say, I wrote this after 15 pages because I just couldn't concentrate on the content. The content seems not to be too insightful yet, but there's plenty of book to go and I'm glad to keep an open mind. On the content. Please, Lord, hire an editor for all the other stuff.
And who knew fairy dust isn't real?
Instead, author Kate Thompson provides us with a very insightful guide on how to program better and avoid bugs while coding. As stated in the description, the two years she spent on researching every bug avoidance technique available shows through pages. From simplifying redundancy where needed to converting programming into what can be called an art form, this book covers it all.
What I enjoyed most about the book is not only the useful tips and techniques it provides, but also how it is narrated. It is not written as hard-to-digest technical rambling like many others of this topic are, but rather presents the information with anecdotes and precise examples that make reading it much more enjoyable.
Definitely a book that every programmer should read and review every so often as a reminder that programming can actually reach the point of perfection.