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"This is the best book I have ever read." - Anonymous reviewer "Four score and seven years ago this book helped me debug my server code." -Abraham Lincoln "Would my Javascript have memory leaks without this book? Would fishes fly without water?" -Socrates "This book is the greatest victory since the Spanish Armada, and the best about programming." -Queen Elizabeth

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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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  • 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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It isnt going to tell you something that you dont already know. Its a good reference for all those small things that you will need forever as a programmer. It will not necessarily make you a better programmer either -- just because you read the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good set of stories for those involved in the software industry 27 April 2016
By Shawn C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting set of stories based much on anecdotal events. Not really research based.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a good piece of writing to be read over the holidays ... 4 January 2017
By Oleksandr Maistrenko - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good piece of writing to be read over the holidays for middle or experienced developers. The book is a set of short stories that can be enjoyed in any order. The second part of the book contains almost historic pieces of software from various sources. Some of these examples I would print out and hang on the wall in the office.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So poorly written it's distracting 3 January 2017
By Andy L. - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't read programming books for their literary merit, but as a lover of books in general...c'mon.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 October 2015
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This is the kind of book you would find in the bathroom at a programmers house. Short chapters, easy to read, but not elementary by any means. I highly recommend it to any programmer from novice to expert. If you are looking for a dense book on computer theory, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for 2-3 page chapters of life lessons learned by a software engineer, this is the book for you. My favorite part is the last half, which is a compilation of artifacts of the programming world (Ever wondered how Shakespeare would have programmed? What about a baboon? Samples of the Apollo 11 source code).

And who knew fairy dust isn't real?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that every programmer should read 29 September 2015
By Vanessa Kings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
“Zero Bugs and Program Faster” is not your average programming book, which seem to come out every month with a new flavor.
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.