What the Reviewers Say
"This practical book is Karl's attempt to lead others out of software darkness and into the light. As with his other books, there is more pragmatism
than theory. Karl is one of the most thoughtful software people I know. He has reflected deeply on the software
development irritants he has encountered over his career, and this book contains 60 of his most valuable responses."
—Steve McConnell, Construx Software
"Wouldn't it be great to gain a lifetime's experience early in your career, when it's most useful,
without having to pay for the inevitable errors of your own experience? It's valuable to know where the most expensive
potholes are and which potholes people keep hitting time and time again. From Karl's knowledge you'll gain
concise but important insights into how to recover from setbacks as well as how to avoid them in the first place. My own
half-century of experience confirms that he's right on the money with the lessons that he's chosen for Software Development Pearls."
—Meilir Page-Jones, Senior Business Analyst, Wayland Systems Inc.
"Karl has done it again! He's created yet another wonderful book full of well-rounded advice for
software developers. His wisdom will be relatable to all development professionals and students—young and old, new and experienced.
Many software development books are so dry to read, but as with all of Karl's books, he keeps it light and engaging,
chock-full of relatable stories and a few funny comments. An enjoyable read plus practical advice—you can't go wrong!
—Joy Beatty, Vice President at Seilevel
"Karl's Software Development Pearls achieves the challenging goal of capturing and explaining
many insights that you're unlikely to be exposed to in your training, that most practitioners learn through the
school of hard knocks, and yet are critical to developing great software. These insights will help you save time,
collaborate more effectively, build better systems, and change your view on common misconceptions. Software
Development Pearls is an easy read and is backed by a wide range of references to other experts who have discovered
these same insights in their travels."
—Jim Brosseau, Clarrus
"This is an excellent book for anyone involved in software development. One of the brilliant aspects of the book is the way
it is organized into self-contained lessons. Once you read them, they work like memes—memorable chunks of distilled
knowledge that spring to mind when you need them. As Karl says in Lesson #7, 'The cost of recording knowledge is small
compared to the cost of acquiring knowledge.' Not only is that good advice for practitioners, it also neatly captures
why you should buy this book."
—Howard Podeswa, Author of The Agile Guide To Business Analysis and Planning: From Strategic Plan to Continuous Value Delivery
"This is a collection of lessons that Karl has learned over his long and, I can say this honestly,
distinguished career. It is not simply a list of pearls of wisdom—each lesson is carefully argued and explained.
Each one carries an explanation of why it is important to you, and importantly, how you might bring the lesson
to your reality."
—James Robertson, Author of Mastering the Requirements Process