In Defense of the Bill Gates / Jerry Seinfeld Ad #2

  1. Posted on September 24, 2008 11:22:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Testing & QA, Design, Construction

Say what you like about the new Bill Gates /Jerry Seinfeld ads, I have to approve Bill's choice of bedtime reading. He's reading from Section 18.2 of Code Complete 2. (It's about 1:10 into the video.)

I thought I was the only person who read Code Complete 2 aloud to put their kids to sleep!

Kamyar said:

September 24, 2008 6:38:PM

Great! :)

Merill said:

September 24, 2008 10:31:PM

Code Complete is a great bed-time book. I always manage to put myself to sleep in under ten minutes ;)

Duncan said:

September 25, 2008 9:27:AM

Actually, I read it to my daughter a couple of times, when she was late with bedtime.  She is believes Continuous Integration and Test-Driven Development will really help her by the time she hits Grade Six.

Jeroen said:

September 27, 2008 12:55:PM

Duncan: Continuous Integration? Are you sure you've read Code Complete?

Adam said:

October 8, 2008 7:46:AM

@Jeroen:  Maybe Code Complete isn't the only book that Duncan has read to his daughter at bedtime?  Since he's had to read it to her a couple of times, she is probably chronically late with bedtime.  If that's case then Jeroen probably needs to change up the reading material, just for his own sake.

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Steve McConnell

Steve McConnell is CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software where he consults to a broad range of industries, teaches seminars, and oversees Construx’s software development practices. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named Steve one of the three most influential people in the software industry along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds.

Steve is the author of Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (2006), Code Complete (1993, 2004), Rapid Development (1996), Software Project Survival Guide (1998), and Professional Software Development (2004). His books twice won Software Development magazine's Jolt Excellence award for outstanding software development book of the year.

Steve has served as Editor in Chief of IEEE Software magazine, on the Panel of Experts of the SWEBOK project, and as Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Professional Practices Committee.

Steve received a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a Master’s degree in software engineering from Seattle University.
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