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- Title The Art of Readable Code
- Author(s) Dustin Boswell and Trevor Foucher
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Third Edition edition (September 15, 2011), eBook Draft (2010)
- Paperback: 250 pages
- eBook Online
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596802293
- ISBN-13: 978-0596802295
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As programmers, we've all seen source code that's so ugly and buggy it makes our brain ache. And let's be honest, we've all written code like that. With this book, you'll learn to write code that's easy to read and understand. You'll have more fun and your coworkers will love you.
The Art of Coding focuses on the nuts and bolts of programming, with simple and practical techniques you can use every time you sit down to write code. You'll find tips throughout the book, with easy-to-digest code examples, helpful illustrations, and cartoons for fun.
- Learn to pick variable names that are "dense with information"
- Organize your loops and conditionals so they're easy to understand
- Make your comments short and sweet
- Recognize when your code is doing too many things at once
- Write tests that are concise, but thorough
- Master the art of breaking hard problems into many smaller ones
- Dustin Boswell realized he was not destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a trapeze artist, so he turned to computer programming at a very early age. As a teaching assistant in graduate school, he graded many projects with unreadable code, and wished he could hand the students a book to help them out. After receiving his master's degree he joined Google, where he spends his working hours on web crawling and AdSense Ads. On the side he spends his time traveling, playing video and strategy board games, and obsessing over making code more readable.
- Trevor Foucher has been shipping software projects for over 10 years, including Windows 2000 and OneCare at Microsoft, and Webmaster Tools at Google. He's been an individual contributor, manager, and tech lead, and he's worked his whole career on making code more readable and reliable. While at Google, he has spoken at various conferences and training sessions across the country to help teach people how to use Google's services to make websites more user- and Google-friendly. In his spare time, he attends gaming conventions, reads science fiction, and serves as COO of his wife's fashion start-up company.
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