Code Complete

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Microsoft Press, Nov 30, 2009 - Computers - 960 pages
126 Reviews

Widely considered one of the best practical guides to programming, Steve McConnell’s original CODE COMPLETE has been helping developers write better software for more than a decade. Now this classic book has been fully updated and revised with leading-edge practices—and hundreds of new code samples—illustrating the art and science of software construction. Capturing the body of knowledge available from research, academia, and everyday commercial practice, McConnell synthesizes the most effective techniques and must-know principles into clear, pragmatic guidance. No matter what your experience level, development environment, or project size, this book will inform and stimulate your thinking—and help you build the highest quality code.

Discover the timeless techniques and strategies that help you:

  • Design for minimum complexity and maximum creativity
  • Reap the benefits of collaborative development
  • Apply defensive programming techniques to reduce and flush out errors
  • Exploit opportunities to refactor—or evolve—code, and do it safely
  • Use construction practices that are right-weight for your project
  • Debug problems quickly and effectively
  • Resolve critical construction issues early and correctly
  • Build quality into the beginning, middle, and end of your project

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There's plenty of good advice in this book. - Goodreads
darn good overview of the important basics - Goodreads
In this book i got about 20%-30% of new insights. - Goodreads
densely packed with good programming advice to be sure - Goodreads
Very good tips but EXTREMELY dense. - Goodreads
I found the advice to be only semi useful however. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Dallas Hockley - Goodreads

It's a big reference book more than a treatise on any specifics of software development. I read the original one, not the 2nd edition, but it has a lot of worthwhile knowledge and wisdom sifted from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sten Vesterli - Goodreads

This is an excellent book for a beginning programmer straight out of school or with only a little experience. For an experienced programmer, the tips are either "yeah, I know that" or impractical in ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Steve McConnell is recognized as one of the premier authors and voices in the development community. He is Chief Software Engineer of Construx Software and was the lead developer of Construx Estimate and of SPC Estimate Professional, winner of Software Development magazine's Productivity Award. He is the author of several books, including Code Complete and Rapid Development, both honored with Software Development magazine's Jolt Award.

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