Code Complete, 2nd Edition. Redmond, Wa.: Microsoft Press, 2004. 960 pages. Retail Price $49.99. ISBN: 0735619670. stevemcconnell.com/cc.htm, or Amazon. Wiki says "Code Complete has received outstanding reviews, being widely regarded as one of the leading must-reads for software developers" but what does wiki know?
I brought this home for the weekend. But I got to page 371 and then stopped, fairly bored. There's not enough here that's new to me. Perhaps that's good. I did have some nice time in the garden in the sunshine beneath the young quince shoots before I realised it was dull.
It feels far too long though. Perhaps it might be useful as a reference book; but it feels like bloatware. There's just too much stuffed in here. Too much is dull or obvious; the few interesting things are deeply buried in the dross.
To do: review something I did like. Software craftmanship. I'd have to read it again, of course.