Many of you know Steve McConnell’s Code Complete. It’s been one of our most popular books since the first edition was published in 1993 and after we published Steve’s update, the second edition, in 2004. We see this through Amazon reviews, responses to our anonymous survey (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/booksurvey, via which you can give us feedback about any of our books), and ongoing sales and relevance years after initial publication (a goal for books in our Best Practices series, by the way), but here’s another measure that helps describe Code Complete’s importance and impact:
Three years ago someone asked this question on Stack Overflow, and since then Code Complete has often (perhaps always?) topped the list. Also, the question is currently the second most popular question of all time on Stack Overflow, with 1416 votes: http://stackoverflow.com/questions?sort=votes
An aside: Stack Overflow’s creators, as well as its users, greatly admire the book. Jeff Atwood named his blog, Coding Horror, after one of the book’s icons and calls it his “all-time favorite programming book.” And Code Complete and Rapid Development are on Joel Spolsky’s list of “all the books that I honestly think that every working programmer needs to read”: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/navLinks/fog0000000262.html.
A hearty congratulations to Steve McConnell for creating a book that so many find useful!
Here, for those unfamiliar with the book, are Code Complete’s contents:
The languages used in the book’s code samples are C++, Java, and Visual Basic.
As always, enjoy.