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Nov 30, 1999, 18:51 (0 Talkback[s])
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"One definition of pearl is something "very choice or precious." Like the programming pearls it describes, Bentley's collection of essays has itself transcended the ordinary to achieve pearl status."

"Originally published in Bentley's "Programming Pearls" column in Communications of the ACM, these fascinating essays were collected and revised in book form in 1986. Now revised 14 years later, this material has definitely stood the test of time. The first edition remains #2 on McConnell's Code Complete Reading List, and is listed favourably in an article on Great Books in Computer Science."

"It was directly because of McConnell's Code Complete reading list that I, a few years ago, purchased and read Programming Pearls and its sequel, More Programming Pearls. Despite McConnell's effusive praise and corroboration from a colleague, I was not fully prepared for the experience."

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