I recently purchased both this book and Rework (a slightly newer version of this book) from Amazon.
Both books contain invaluable information about business and development that is critical for anyone who loves excelling at their work, running their own business, or thinking of starting their own business.
The book is broken up into short chapters, each only a few pages in length, that contain practical advice regarding the chapter topic.
Bits of information like:
- Be honest and open with your customers.
- Infuse your personality into your software.
- Build only the most essential features for your product.
Are prevalent throughout the book, and presented in an entertaining and insightful way that really makes you question the way you work, the way your business works, and ways to do your work better.
I can't recommend that you read both this AND Rework, as the material in both books is very similar, but you should definitely read one of them as they will change your perspective, and help you become better at your job.
This book is getting 5 stars because it offers amazing information, and has changed the way I look at development.
The best way I can describe the way I felt while reading this book is: it felt like I was reading the Hacker's Manifesto for the first time.
If you're wondering whether or not you should get this book or Rework, the answer is yes. Get it. Now.