The Art of Clean Code (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 24 August 2022

The eight core principles in this book are designed to show how to write clear, maintainable code without compromising functionality. Christian Mayer's guiding principle is simplicity: reduce and simplify, then reinvest energy in the important parts to save hours and ease the often onerous task of code maintenance. This Python-based book is suitable for programmers at any level, with ideas presented in a language-agnostic manner.



Author: Christian Mayer
Publisher: No Starch
Date: August 2022
Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-1718502185
Print: 1718502184
Kindle: B09BKL3V69
Audience: General
Level: Intermediate
Category: Theory & Techniques 


  • Concentrate on the important stuff with the 80/20 principle -- focus on the 20% of your code that matters most
  • Avoid coding in isolation: create a minimum viable product to get early feedback
  • Write code cleanly and simply to eliminate clutter 
  • Avoid premature optimization that risks over-complicating code 
  • Balance your goals, capacity, and feedback to achieve the productive state of Flow
  • Apply the Do One Thing Well philosophy to vastly improve functionality
  • Design efficient user interfaces with the Less is More principle
  • Tie your new skills together into one unifying principle: Focus

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