Code Complete, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (10 ratings)


Widely considered one of the best practical guides to programming, Steve McConnell's original CODE COMPLETE has been helping developers write better software for more than a decade.

Now this classic book has been fully updated and revised with leading-edge practices-and hundreds of new code samples-illustrating the art and science of software construction.

Capturing the body of knowledge available from research, academia, and everyday commercial practice, McConnell synthesizes the most effective techniques and must-know principles into clear, pragmatic guidance.

No matter what your experience level, development environment, or project size, this book will inform and stimulate your thinking-and help you build the highest quality code.

Discover the timeless techniques and strategies that help you: Design for minimum complexity and maximum creativity Reap the benefits of collaborative development Apply defensive programming techniques to reduce and flush out errors Exploit opportunities to refactor-or evolve-code, and do it safely Use construction practices that are right-weight for your project Debug problems quickly and effectively Resolve critical construction issues early and correctly Build quality into the beginning, middle, and end of your project ]]>


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press,U.S.
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  • Category: Business applications
  • ISBN: 9780735619678



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This is stuff that needs to be ingrained in a developer's mind. Of particular interest to me since development is a second career and I'm stilling trying to be good at it.

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Steve McConnell is a pretty big name in the software development community, and I always enjoy his writing. This book is a collection of good programming habits, a topic which is often neglected in higher-level software engineering books.

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I don't understand why this book has achieved such a cult following.For the most part it states the trivial and obvious in how to write code well. Is this simply a reflection of what Malcolm and I are always talking about, that the ignorance of most programmers of the most trivial things is quite shocking?

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Classic book on software development and software engineering practices and what makes software a success or an impending failure. It's a very good manual for beginners and experienced developers alike.

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One of the best books for programmers of all levels of experience. Even experienced programmers can benefit from it.

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