I don't reject "Code Complete" out of hand. I bought and read it. I reject it because I read it from cover to cover, and found that its advice was either little more than common sense, or ideas that were too awkward to put into practice.
In my opinion, Microsoft software is of poor quality. I can only conclude that they have so little confidence in their own book that they don't practice what they preach - in which case, they're hypocrites; or, they *do* follow their own precepts, in which case, they don't work.
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