This is the cover matter on one of my favorite books, ever – Software Tools.
Good programming is not learned from generalities., but by seeing how significant programs can be made clean, easy to read, easy to maintain and modify, human-engineered, efficient, and reliable, by the application of commonsense and good programming practices. Careful study and imitation of good programs leads to better writing.
Kernighan and Plauger
This book was first published in 1976. I read it when I started my second company in 1983. I lost my original copy and recently bought a used book. I still enjoy reading bits of it once in a while.