Joel on Software

Joel on Software : And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity

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* Covers three years of the best essays.

* Essays range from technical to humorous, but are always tangible.

* Beautifully written and extremely timely.

* Google lists 183,000 links for "Joel on Software".

* Spolsky is one of the most popular programmers around today, with legions of followers.
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Pearson Programming and Web Development

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 178 x 235 x 25.4mm | 723g
  • Berkley, United States
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed.
  • 58 Illustrations, black and white; XVI, 384 p. 58 illus.
  • 1590593898
  • 9781590593899
  • 197,294

Table of contents

Choosing a Language
Back to Basics
The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code
The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)
Painless Functional Specifications Part 1: Why Bother?
Painless Functional Specifications Part 2: What's a Spec?
Painless Functional Specifications Part 3: But . . . How?
Painless Functional Specifications Part 4: Tips
Painless Software Schedules
Daily Builds Are Your Friend
Hard-Assed Bug Fixin'
Five Worlds
Paper Prototyping
Don't Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You
Fire and Motion
Three Wrong Ideas from Computer Science
Get Crash Reports From Users-Automatically!
The Guerilla Guide to Interviewing
Incentive Pay Considered Harmful
Top Five (Wrong) Reasons You Don't Have Testers
Human Task Switches Considered Harmful
Things You Should Never Do, Part One
The Iceberg Secret, Revealed
The Law of Leaky Abstractions
Lord Palmerston on Programming
Rick Chapman Is In Search of Stupidity
What Is the Work of Dogs in This Country?
Getting Things Done When You're Only a Grunt
Two Stories
Big Macs vs. The Naked Chef
Nothing Is As Simple As It Seems
In Defense of Not-Invented-Here Syndrome
Strategy Letter I: Ben & Jerry's vs. Amazon
Strategy Letter II: Chicken-and-Egg Problems
Strategy Letter III: Let Me Go Back!
Strategy Letter IV: Bloatware and the 80/20 Myth
Strategy Letter V: The Economics of Open Source
A Week of Murphy's Law Gone Wild
How Microsoft Lost the API War
Microsoft Goes Bonkers
Our .NET Strategy
Please Sir May I Have a Linker?
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About Avram Joel Spolsky

Joel Spolsky is a globally recognized expert on the software development process. His web site Joel on Software ( is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over 30 languages. As the founder of Fog Creek Software in New York City, he created FogBugz, a popular project management system for software teams. Joel has worked at Microsoft, where he designed Visual Basic for Applications as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, developing an Internet client used by millions. He has written two books: User Interface Design for Programmers (Apress, 2001) and Joel on Software (Apress, 2004). Joel holds a bachelor's of science degree in computer science from Yale University. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper, and he was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton.
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