Sequel even better than original . . .

Must reading for programmers and managers

Joel Spolsky: More Joel on Software Further Thoughts on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters that Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Forune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity, 2008, Apress, 300 pages, ISBN 978-1-4302-0987-4

Reviewed by Conrad Weisert, October, 2009


Two years ago I greatly enjoyed Mr. Spolsky's first volume, which I still recommend for any professional's library. This sequel contains even more sound advice.

The book is a potpourri of essays on three distinct topics:

I would have preferred separate volumes on each topic, but the book is well worth the price even if you have no interest in one of them.

Satisfying advice

You won't agree with 100% of Mr. Spolsky's advice, but I was delighted to spot credible and persuasive reinforcement for a few principles that have been pre-empted by fad mathodologists:

On the other hand, I strongly disagree with Mr. Spolsky's epitome of boredom as getting "stuck in Lincoln Center sitting through all eighteen hours of Wagner's Ring cycle" (p. 78), but that's off topic and we can expect the author's taste in entertainment to expand as he matures.

Highly recommended


1—An American country slang euphemism for "damn" or "damned".

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