Coder To Developer - Rave or Rage?
I picked up a copy of Mike Gunderloy's Coder To Developer book the other day and did something I rarely do with a technical book - I read it from cover to cover.
I've read several reviews of the book and find that they range from rave to rage. The typical "rage" review argues that the book is .NET-centric and has a short shelf life. Personally, I think both of these points are what make me "rave" about the book.
The book is definitely .NET-centric. Since I'm also .NET-centric, this is exactly what I wanted - a book that covers what is relevant to my job. A quick scan of the book makes this clear, so no one should be surprised.
As many other reviewers keenly point out, the book discusses a lot of tools and trends that are current today that may not be relevant next year. Well, guess what - I'm writing software today! And the better I understand the tools at my disposal today, the better I'll be able to write software that will be used tomorrow. Sure, when I pickup this book in a couple of years the discussion of FogBUGZ may be outdated, but the concept of tracking bugs will be the same.
Mike did an awesome job with this book. He covered concepts that are not only relevant for today's .NET developers, but will be relevant for years to come. He also introduced his readers to the tools available to us today that will help us develop better software for tomorrow.