I have to be be honest, in all my time as a software developer there are very few development tutorial textbooks which I would recommend. I have purchased many over the years and so many of them have failed to deliver. All suffering from the same issues of poor code samples, failing examples and in the majority of cases just a load of geek waffle.
Many of these books are always in the arena of 800 – 1000 pages of which at most you’d read 50-70 of the pages in total. If you’re lucky there will be 1 or 2 chapters which will really provide you real value. For the most part, these books end up gathering dust on your bookshelf and help to convince friends and family that what you do for a living truly is rocket science and that you must be really clever to have read all those thick books!
Why read this book
I remember opening up the project and initially reading the code I had this sense I had no real idea what was going on! The code layout and approach were things I had never come across previously! I had this sense of panic and imposter syndrome most developers experience, and I rushed to the Amazon website and thought I need some books fast!
Chapter 4 on functions. My need to be re-read a couple of times – I know I did – but they are also the sections that bring the most insight when understood.
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