Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me Steve McConnell Has A Blog!?

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Come on people! I count on you to keep me informed! It looks like he started it way back in March.

If you don’t know who Steve McConnell is, I hope you’re just joking or you’re not a software developer. ;) Code Complete is the bible of writing good software.

Do yourself a favor and buy that book and subscribe to his blog.

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  1. Avatar for Scruffy-Looking Cat Herder
    Scruffy-Looking Cat Herder May 23rd, 2007

    Steve McConnell's Blog

  2. Avatar for Keyvan Nayyeri
    Keyvan Nayyeri May 23rd, 2007

    Interesting. Thanks a lot for the link :-)
    The nice point is his blog is powered by Community Server 2007 :-P

  3. Avatar for Josh
    Josh May 23rd, 2007

    It actually shocks me how many software engineers have never heard of Steve McConnell or, less forgivably, read _Code Complete_ (it's understandable I guess if you've read it but don't recall his name).
    I think so many people code as a job and don't feel the need or desire to read books about being a better engineer that aren't "How to do Ajax"-style books.
    Love your blog, btw.

  4. Avatar for Jeff Atwood
    Jeff Atwood May 24th, 2007

    If you don’t know how to spell Steve McConnell, I hope you’re just joking or you’re not a software developer. :)

  5. Avatar for Rytmis
    Rytmis May 24th, 2007

    We haven't told you because we just found out ourselves, by way of getting an email advertisement of the new Construx forums.
    Also, what's with the text of the comment box jiggling around nervously when I type?

  6. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked May 24th, 2007

    @Jeff Damnit! I am on a last-name misspelling rampage. I also misspelled "Cauldwell" on my other post. It's a typo. It's these damn dvorak layouts on a Qwerty keyboard. ;)

  7. Avatar for Oran
    Oran May 24th, 2007

    Yeah, learn to spell, Phill... ;)

  8. Avatar for engtech
    engtech May 24th, 2007

    Will people make fun of me for lying on the beach in Mexico reading Code Complete?

  9. Avatar for Rytmis
    Rytmis May 24th, 2007

    engtech, if they do, you've got the upper hand. You can beat them senseless with Code Complete. :)

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    Sean May 24th, 2007

    Hopefully he isnt just blogging in months starting with M though.

  11. Avatar for Scott
    Scott May 24th, 2007

    "You can beat them senseless with Code Complete."
    or you can grab an oar and use it like a raft, floating around peacefully in the gulf.
    Code Complete can also be used to raise the foundation of your house until it can be properly raised. Do not taunt Code Complete. Code Complete will not cause male pattern baldness. Blame your dad for that.

  12. Avatar for Rytmis
    Rytmis May 24th, 2007

    The combined works of Steve McConnell are enough to bring down any bookshelf. They also serve as a stern reminder that you're SERIOUS about your shit. Why else would you have half an acre of dead tree on your desk? :)

  13. Avatar for Karthik
    Karthik May 24th, 2007

    Good find Phil, seems like he just saw the light and started blogging very recently! Good news for all of us that have a man-crush on him.

  14. Avatar for Jan Bannister
    Jan Bannister May 24th, 2007

    Coolio! Steve is a legend. Everytime I read his advice I understand more of its value. Pity he moved toward the project managment end of the spectrum. Not as interesting...

  15. Avatar for Remmus
    Remmus May 24th, 2007

    In a hope I don't get my ass set on fire here from all abuse that might head my way.
    In the last 15 years of my life I think I have read maybe 2 full books, both of those are in the last year and neither were by Steve McConnell.
    Reading hasn't been something I have enjoyed and while I have struggled by, picking chapters out here and there, it is something I want/need to put right.
    This is where I was hoping some of you would be willing to help me out and let me know what you think I really must read, (big text and lots of pictures preferred).
    You can email me at simon(at)maquiladora(dot)co(dot)uk

  16. Avatar for Karthik
    Karthik May 24th, 2007

    Remmus,
    Don't worry about any flames you may get..they die down when the trolls find a new target :)
    I understand where you're coming from, and I think there are many others who share your frustration.
    Reading a technical book is very different from reading a novel or other nonfiction book. Even the best tech books should not always be read cover to cover. There's different techniques...maybe it's time some of the top bloggers out there give us their strategies for reading new tech books?

  17. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked May 24th, 2007

    @Remmus - I recommend the Head First series. Especially the Head First Design Patterns. I've written about it before.
    Lots of pictures and sidebars and such designed to help you retain what you read.

  18. Avatar for lb
    lb May 24th, 2007

    yep, Steve is the sh*t.
    To paraphrase the Koran: There is no tech author but Steve McConnell, and Jeff Atwood is his prophet.
    Loved this comment:
    "Good news for all of us that have a man-crush on him."
    lb

  19. Avatar for StefanVE
    StefanVE May 24th, 2007

    Nope, I am not joking, but the name didn't rang a bell. I have both versions and read the first one a really long time ago, so if you had said the code complete guy ... or even Jeff's most recomended read ... I would have known.
    Thanks for the link, I go read there now. (with a mildly embarassing, what was the name name of that girl I've met last night ?, feeling).

  20. Avatar for Andrew
    Andrew May 24th, 2007

    Spelling spwellling.
    If my spell checker worked like my compiler I wouldn't have a problem :)
    ...
    There are 32 build errors.
    The type or namespace McConell could not be found..
    ...