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Author Topic: "Code Reading" by Diomidis Spinellis  (Read 2610 times)

ewemoa

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"Code Reading" by Diomidis Spinellis
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:47:04 AM »
Has anyone read "Code Reading" by Diomidis Spinellis [1]?

I am considering whether to obtain this book and am interested in DC folks' opinions regarding it.

If there are any other relevant resources concerning the improvement of one's ability to go from "no understanding" to "good understanding" of a piece of software that has at least source code available [2], I would be happy to hear about these too.

Any feedback and comments welcome :)


[1] The author seems to have written Chapter 17 of "Beautiful Code" according to:

http://www.donationc...87.msg71057#msg71057

[2] Of course we can learn from documentation, diagrams, and other things too, but I'd like to consider the situation where I at least have access to some (preferably all) source code.

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Re: "Code Reading" by Diomidis Spinellis
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2009, 04:08:54 AM »
This isn't very helpful but i looked at it a few years ago in the bookstore -- it looked good but not great and i decided to skip it.

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Re: "Code Reading" by Diomidis Spinellis
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2009, 04:10:31 AM »
ps. when looking for book reviews i always start at amazon -- they aren't going to be the most reliable or detailed, but it's a good first place to look:

http://www.amazon.co...pment/dp/0201799405/

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Re: "Code Reading" by Diomidis Spinellis
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009, 08:02:40 PM »
Thanks for the comments :)  Happy to see mixed reviews at Amazon -- if I decide to go through w/ it, it may be interesting to compare impressions.

I noticed that pieces of the book and a related article were available online:

  Excerpt of Chapter 1 (html)
  Chapter 2 (pdf)
  Article (html) (pdf)

I found these via the book's home page.

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Re: "Code Reading" by Diomidis Spinellis
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2009, 08:56:46 AM »
@ewemoa

Thanks for the links to article,chapters.  :up: