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Code Reading: The Open Source Perspective
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- Copyright 2003
- Pages: 528
- Edition: 1st
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 0-13-265192-0
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-265192-9
If you are a programmer, you need this book.
- You've got a day to add a new feature in a 34,000-line program: Where do you start? Page 333
- How can you understand and simplify an inscrutable piece of code? Page 39
- Where do you start when disentangling a complicated build process? Page 167
- How do you comprehend code that appears to be doing five things in parallel? Page 132
You may read code because you have to--to fix it, inspect it, or improve it. You may read code the way an engineer examines a machine--to discover what makes it tick. Or you may read code because you are scavenging--looking for material to reuse.
Code-reading requires its own set of skills, and the ability to determine which technique you use when is crucial. In this indispensable book, Diomidis Spinellis uses more than 600 real-world examples to show you how to identify good (and bad) code: how to read it, what to look for, and how to use this knowledge to improve your own code.
Fact: If you make a habit of reading good code, you will write better code yourself.
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