October 12, 2001
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Martin Fowler's book on Refactoring is sneaky-brilliant. It describes a way of continuously improving software during development, a common-sense idea that is vaguely heretical but closely allied to the Extreme Programming/Agile Alliance movement. Each bit of the book seems self-evident, but in aggregate it will change the way you work. Fowler's Web site, martinFowler.com, is very interesting as well, a superb example of the way personal Web journals intersect with professional life and with scholarship.