More Joel on Software

More Joel on Software

Further Thoughts 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

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A selection of essays that will appeal to programmers and their managers is culled from the author's Web site which covers every imaginable aspect of software programming from writing code to designing an office in which to write code.

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Spolsky started on his meteoric rise to fame (certainly) and fortune (hopefully) with little more than a long experience with computers and an extraordinary ability to make that experience funny. He began his web log in 2000 and immediately impressed nerds and non-nerds alike with his ability to focus on real problems facing software and its developers, and to find simple common-sense solutions that have escaped others. The web log became a text that has become a favorite of novice and veteran programmers alike, and in this new addition Spolsky mines even deeper into his log to find surprising new topics, including managing people, the programming life, the impact of design on usability, large projects. Programming, starting and running a software business, and releasing and revising software. Everybody in the software business should find several significant nuggets here, and Spolsky's caustic humor makes the read worthwhile. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Joel, Apress, Blogs, and Blooks

…I was learning the hard way about how to be a publisher and probably spending way too much time looking at web sites and programming than I should have in response to that. Anyway, one day I came across this web site called , which was run by a guy with strong opinions and an unusual, clever writing style, along with a willingness to take on the conventional wisdom. In particular, he was writing this ongoing series about how bad most user interfaces were—mostly because programmers by and large knew, as Joel and I would say, using the same Yiddish–derived NYC vernacular that we both share, “bupkis” about what users really want. And I, like many, was hooked both by the series and the occasional random essay that Joel wrote. And then I had this epiphany: I'm a publisher, I like reading his stuff, why not turn it into a book?…

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— Gary Cornell, Cofounder, Apress

Since the release of the bestselling title Joel on Software in 2004, requests for a sequel have been relentless. So, we went back to the famed archives and pulled out a new batch of favorites, many of which have been downloaded over one million times. With Joel's newest book, More Joel on Software, you'll get an even better (not to mention updated) feast of Joel's opinions and impressions on software development, software design, running a software business, and so much more.

This is a new selection of essays from the author's web site,

Joel Spolsky started his weblog in March 2000 in order to offer his insights, based on years of experience, on how to improve the world of programming. This weblog has become infamous among the programming world, and is linked to more than 600 other web sites and translated into 30+ languages!

Spolsky's extraordinary writing skills, technical knowledge, and caustic wit have made him a programming guru. With the success of Joel on Software, there has been a strong demand for additional gems and advice, and this book is the answer to those requests.

Containing a collection of all–new articles from the original, More Joel on Software has even more of an edge than the original, and the tips for running a business or managing people have far broader application than the software industry. We feel it is safe to say that this is the most useful book you will buy this year.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Apress ; New York, NY : Distributed to the book trade worldwide by SPringer-Verlag, c2008
ISBN: 9781430209874
Characteristics: xi, 305 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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