The Best Software Writing I

by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Jul 13, 2012   ⋅   East Palo Alto, CA

Joel Spolsky is back, but this time as a content moderator.

This time Joel acted as a art connoisseur, who picked the best miniature art forms and glued them together and commented on.

Ken Arnold’s “Style is substance” has so many good ideas, that I felt like I could have written this chapter myself (joking – I just really always wanted to have C-like-Python, where C code would preserve it’s syntax, but there “\t” and “ “ wouldn’t be neutral).

Raymond’s Chen “Why not to block apps that rely on undocumented behavior” pushed me to get back to his Microsoft blog and ordering his book “The Old New Thing”.

ea_spouse gave an explanation why Electronic Arts people sometimes look older than other people in the same age.

Graham’s “Great Hackers” old proved that he’ll be the next person whose writings (besides “Hackers and painters” I’ll have to explore)

“MacWorld 6.0” sounded like a real software engineering story, which I enjoyed reading about.

All these essays are an excellent reading. I don’t really know how Joel picked these people, but I think thanks to his excellent writing style, he just created “Writers circle”.

Really good piece of writing. Highly recommended.

“Delivering happiness”
“David and Goliath”

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About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me