- Author's Web site "Joel on Software" is among the most popular independent sites for programmers with between 5,000-15,000 page views daily. His site has been called the "anti-Dilbert manifesto" and quoted by Salon, Le Monde, The Motley Fool, and others. - Focuses on what programmers need to know about UI (User Interface) design, with numerous examples of how to improve common programs. - Written with an audience of programmers in mind, but does not assume prior programming knowledge, nor any specific language. - Limited competition to this book - what books are available are usually "laundry lists" of actual bugs or rants against "bad UI" or too focused solely on Web sites.
About the Author
Joel Spolsky is a globally recognized expert on the software development process. His web site Joel on Software (JoelonSoftware.com) is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over 30 languages. As the founder of Fog Creek Software in New York City, he created FogBugz, a popular project management system for software teams. Joel has worked at Microsoft, where he designed Visual Basic for Applications as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, developing an Internet client used by millions. He has written two books: User Interface Design for Programmers (Apress, 2001) and Joel on Software (Apress, 2004). Joel holds a bachelor's of science degree in computer science from Yale University. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper, and he was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton.