Tao of Programming

I mentioned Tao of Programming in an IM today, and suddenly realized there are people who haven’t read it. Well, if you want to understand coding, go read it. Reading it again, 8 years after I was introduced to it, made me realize how, besides being a fun read, it contains so much genuine wisdom and experience. If you haven’t read Brooks or Berkun, consider this the executive summary.

A manager went to his programmers and told them: “As regards to your work hours: you are going to have to come in at nine in the morning and leave at five in the afternoon.” At this, all of them became angry and several resigned on the spot.

So the manager said: “All right, in that case you may set your own working hours, as long as you finish your projects on schedule.” The programmers, now satisfied, began to come in at noon and work to the wee hours of the morning.

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