Joel on Software: Book(s) Review

WARNING! This is an experiment!

I have been asked to do a book review on two books by Joel Spolsky: Joel on Software and More Joel on Software.

However, given the fact that anyone can just go to and read lots of reviews over there, I tried to think of a way to make my book review a bit more original.

This is how it turned out…

I should warn you that this is a straight recording, with no post-editing, dubbing, special effects or whatever. After a lot of testing (and cursing) I was glad enough to simply have the recording part working properly. And after that much time, I didn’t care that much about the details anymore. Therefore, all errors and ugly bits are exclusively mine.

So, what do you think?

Would this be an interesting format for other book reviews as well?

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  • Sébastien

    Funny 😉
    I don’t know if you listened to any of the “” podcasts; Joel is actually very funny to listen to as well.
    About the books, are they just an aggregation of his various blog posts or is there actually more content?
    I think that following his blog is already very interesting. I also enjoy very much (I’m not the only one I guess ;-p) Jeff Atwood’s blog, as well as countless others.
    The only problem is that many many developers don’t even care to read anything unless they’re stuck with problem X and can find a solution on the Internet. Pretty sad isn’t it?

  • Jurgen Appelo

    @Sébastien: Yes, the books are simply an aggregation of (some of his best) blog posts.
    And you’re right. I’m always been surprised that most developers only want to read during work hours.
    As if chefs only learn new recipes when they’re in the kitchen…

  • Artem Marchenko

    The review is interesting, but IMHO a bit too long – if I wanted THAT extensive review I would probably go read the written review anyway.
    The picture quality was OK, but could have been a little smoother – it would make it easier to follow you.

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