This was quite possibly one of the greatest books that I have read about building web apps. And as it states in the book, not only can these rules and guidelines be used for web apps, but they can literally be used in any aspect of your life.
I got the electronic version of this book and after I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. It is a pretty easy read. I kept on coming back to it for inspiration and finished it in 2 days; although, it could easily be read in a couple hours. BTW, if you are a web app developer you will immediately be inspired. The motivation and insight from this book may have you taking a second look at the way things are done around you.
‘Getting Real’ is the perfect name for this book because they don’t beat around the bush, they get real and straight to the point. With that said, I would like to point out some of the things I took away from this book. Here they are as follows:
There are so many other great things that I have taken away from this book; however, I could go on and on. You’ll just have to take my word for it and check it out yourself. You can visit the book website at: http://gettingreal.37signals.com/
The bottom line: Getting Real is trying to tell us something that we have all heard before… ‘Less is More’. If you try and take on too much, you will most likely end up failing in one way or another, so focus on the things that are important get them done and do them well.
Finally, I’ll leave you with another key element and a quote from the book.
You should refrain from adding additional features. Steve Jobs said that they say no to 10 projects before saying yes to 1. Awesome!
Make each feature work hard to be implemented. Make each feature prove itself and show that it’s a survivor. It’s like “Fight Club.” You should only consider features if they’re willing to stand on the porch for three days waiting to be let in.