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"Code Complete"ly useless... or almost so
on January 25, 2002
As an experienced but informally educated programmer, I'm always on the look-out for basic information I may have missed over the years. I purchased "Code Complete" based on the Amazon reviews, which almost unanimously suggested this was a vital addition to any serious programmer's library.
That might have been true back in 1993, when the book was published. In 2002, "Complete" reads like a repair manual for Connestoga wagons -- an historical curiosity, with little practical use for the modern professional. (At least half the code examples are in Pascal; how many companies code in Pascal these days?) Most telling is the book's brief nod to Object-Oriented Programming as an up-and-coming technique for good programming practices; a slightly more modern treatment would have *focused* on OOP, to far better effect.
Perhaps I'm just annoyed at wasting my money on a primer, when what I wanted was an information-dense manual. However, if you're in 4th grade and learning BASIC, "Code Complete" might actually help to improve your marks a level or two.