More Joel on Software

Further Thoughts on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or III Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity

  • Authors
  • Joel Spolsky

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Managing People

  3. Advice to Potential Programmers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Pages 59-72
  4. The Impact of Design

  5. Managing Large Projects

  6. Programming Advice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Pages 171-176
  7. Starting a Software Business

  8. Running a Software Business

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Pages 223-226
    3. Pages 231-233
    4. Pages 235-239
  9. Releasing Software

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Pages 257-262
  10. Revising Software

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Pages 283-288
    3. Pages 289-296
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 297-305

About this book


Joel, Apress, Blogs, and Blooks


…I was learning the hard way about how to be a publisher and probably spending way too much time looking at web sites and programming than I should have in response to that. Anyway, one day I came across this web site called , which was run by a guy with strong opinions and an unusual, clever writing style, along with a willingness to take on the conventional wisdom. In particular, he was writing this ongoing series about how bad most user interfaces were—mostly because programmers by and large knew, as Joel and I would say, using the same Yiddish–derived NYC vernacular that we both share, “bupkis” about what users really want. And I, like many, was hooked both by the series and the occasional random essay that Joel wrote. And then I had this epiphany: I'm a publisher, I like reading his stuff, why not turn it into a book?…

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            — Gary Cornell, Cofounder, Apress

Since the release of the bestselling title Joel on Software in 2004, requests for a sequel have been relentless. So, we went back to the famed archives and pulled out a new batch of favorites, many of which have been downloaded over one million times. With Joel's newest book, More Joel on Software, you'll get an even better (not to mention updated) feast of Joel's opinions and impressions on software development, software design, running a software business, and so much more.

This is a new selection of essays from the author's web site,

Joel Spolsky started his weblog in March 2000 in order to offer his insights, based on years of experience, on how to improve the world of programming. This weblog has become infamous among the programming world, and is linked to more than 600 other web sites and translated into 30+ languages!

Spolsky's extraordinary writing skills, technical knowledge, and caustic wit have made him a programming guru. With the success of Joel on Software, there has been a strong demand for additional gems and advice, and this book is the answer to those requests.

Containing a collection of all–new articles from the original, More Joel on Software has even more of an edge than the original, and the tips for running a business or managing people have far broader application than the software industry. We feel it is safe to say that this is the most useful book you will buy this year.


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