Programmers are some of the least-known, understood, or inquired-of people on the planet. One of Christoph C. Cemper’s goals, in his audiobook, Spaghetti Code: Detangling Life and Work with Programmer Wisdom, is to bring more recognition to this vast group of professionals and the amazing work they perform.
CEO of LinkResearchTools, Christoph C. Cemper began programming computers as a young teen. At that time, the Commodore 64 was one of the first “home” computers. Until then, computers, and time on them, was available only to an elite few. Bill Gates, for instance, wrote in his first book about the opportunity at his private school to use access time to a mainframe computer with the school’s teletype machine.
Now, from the vantage of more than three decades of being a part of the programmer community, Cemper relates his stories from the front lines of programming. He provides a unique perspective of work and life, as seen from a programmer’s stance. And he provides some “programmer wisdom” to suggest some solutions for the obstacles of work and life. As well, in the book, he advocates for the profession of programmer and the great future available as part of the programmer community.
The narrative goes in circles and off on tangents, talking endlessly about very basic technology facts - few of which have anything to do with programming or algorithms - and then pays a sentence or two of lip service trying to relate these random spewings to the rest of life but saying nothing informational or actionable.
As a software developer, I decided to get this book without even reading reviews first. Was very interested in seeing how the author would relate software development with life lessons or maybe hear some of his stories as a software developer that I could relate to.
Well... neither happened. The author just puts a bunch of random thoughts together and then tries to relate them to software development. Doesn't make sense, most of what he says I've heard it somewhere else better explained and it's too wordy and often repeats itself.
Whether you're in software or not, I recommend you stay away from this book. You learn nothing and you waste your time.