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Good Code, Bad Code

Think like a software engineer
Tom Long
  • MEAP began December 2020
  • Publication in Fall 2021 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617298936
  • 350 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white

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Helps explain some of the knowledge gaps between enthusiastic new graduates and grouchy old gray beards like myself.

Joe Ivans
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Practical techniques for writing code that is robust, reliable, and easy for team members to understand and adapt.

Good code or bad code? The difference often comes down to how you apply the conventions, style guides, and other established practices of the software development community. In Good Code, Bad Code you’ll learn how to boost your effectiveness and productivity with code development insights normally only learned through years of experience, careful mentorship, and hundreds of code reviews.

In Good Code, Bad Code you’ll learn how to:
  • Think about code like an effective software engineer
  • Write functions that read like a well-structured sentence
  • Ensure code is reliable and bug free
  • Effectively unit test code
  • Identify code that can cause problems and improve it
  • Write code that is reusable and adaptable to new requirements
  • Improve your medium and long-term productivity
  • Save you and your team’s time

about the technology

Coding in a development team requires very different skills to working on personal projects. Successful software engineers need to ensure that their code is reusable, maintainable, and easy for others to understand and adapt.

about the book

Good Code, Bad Code is a shortcut guide to writing high-quality code. Your mentor is Google veteran Tom Long, who lays out lessons and mindsets that will take your code from “junior developer” to “senior engineer.” This instantly-useful book distils the principles of professional coding into one comprehensive and hands-on beginner’s guide.

You’ll start with a jargon-free primer to coding fundamentals that teaches you to think about abstractions, consider your fellow engineers, and write code that can recover from errors. Next, you’ll dive into specific techniques and practices. You’ll run through common coding practices to learn when to apply the right technique to your problem—and which might be best avoided! All practices are illustrated with annotated code samples written in an instantly recognizable pseudocode that you can relate to your favorite object-oriented language. By the time you’re done, you’ll be writing the kind of readable, reusable, and testable code that’s the mark of a true software professional.

about the reader

For coders looking to improve their experience in professional software development.

about the author

Tom Long is a software engineer at Google. He works as a tech lead, mentoring and teaching professional coding practices to new graduates and beginner software engineers.

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Provides a great introduction to the issues and mindset that a programmer needs to have when working on a team, or wanting to create code that is maintainable and readable.

Jason Taylor

Essential reading for programmers, projectmanagers, and managers alike.

Joshua Sandeman

Of the numerous articles and books that I have read on software design practices and testing, this one is probably in my top five... certainly in my top ten!

Hawley Waldman

If I could only have chosen one book when I started, this would be the one. If I could only keep one book today, more than 10 years later when I am an accomplished developer, it would still be this one.

Sebastian Larsson

I wish I had read when I first started programming, not just programming professionally. It brought together things that I have learned the hard way over the years and from multiple sources, all in one book.

Heather Ward

This book is a universal resource. I am an upstart software developer trying to take my first steps in this industry and the values and lessons in this book are extremely helpful.

Henry Lin

Enables beginner developers to be prepared for professional life.

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