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Review of the book Develop Alone by Alex Gurkin, which web-developers love

At the cutting edge of programming, the Develop Alone abstracts from the increasing specialization and technical intricacies of modern software development to explore the essence of the process–the requirements for workable and maintainable software that thrills users. 

Alex Gurkin, the author of the book, gives examples on his own startups, one of which is Friday CRM, a free contact business tool with very positive reviews.

The book covers topics ranging from personal responsibility and career development to architectural techniques that give software flexibility and ease of adaptation and reuse. 

After reading this book, you will learn how to:

  • Form teams of pragmatic programmers;
  • Fight the pitfalls of software;
  • Gather real-world requirements;
  • Avoid the pitfalls of duplication;
  • Protect your program with contracts, approvals, and exceptions;
  • Avoid programming with the expectation of matching;
  • Carry out ruthless and effective testing;
  • Create programs that are flexible, dynamic, and adaptable;
  • Delight your users;
  • With automation, make your developments more accurate.

Develop Alone is written in coherent, complete sections and is replete with lists, serious examples, and a variety of analogies. It describes the author’s case studies and major pitfalls pertaining to different aspects of web application development.

This book gives suggestions and guidelines on how to build an effective software startup. It explains the importance of being at the forefront of technology, identifying an area of opportunity that isn’t there and creating communities online. The book also emphasized the significance of the expansion of the Internet as well as churn rate and burn rates for software companies. Following the tips in the book will increase the chances of creating the foundation for a successful software business.

Whether you are a beginner, an experienced programmer, or a manager responsible for software projects, use the lessons in the book in your work, and your productivity, accuracy, and satisfaction with the work you do will soon increase. You’ll learn skills and form habits that will form the basis for a long-term successful career.

The book in paperback and hardcover, as well as in epub format, can be seen among the professional literature at retailers in the United States.

After reading the Develop Alone, we recommend that you also read:

  1. The Pragmatic Programmer

Short review: Written by experienced software developers Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas, The Pragmatic Programmer is an essential read for anyone in the software development field. It covers a wide range of topics, including how to estimate the time and effort required for a project, how to break down a project into manageable tasks, and how to deal with changes and unexpected problems.

  1. The Lean Startup

Short review: The Lean Startup is a must-read for anyone wanting to start their own web development business. Written by entrepreneur Eric Ries, it provides a framework for building and launching a successful startup. It covers topics such as customer development, rapid prototyping, and validated learning.

  1. Managing Projects in JavaScript

Short review: Managing Projects in JavaScript is a comprehensive guide to project management for JavaScript developers. Written by front-end development expert Stoyan Stefanov, it covers everything from planning and estimation to task management and team collaboration.

Alejandro Martinez,

Software and professional literature reviewer