What others in the trenches say about "The Pragmatic Programmer,.".
"The cool thing about this book is that it's great for keeping the
programming process fresh. The book helps you to continue to grow
and clearly comes from people who have been there." -Kent Beck,
author of "Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change" "I found
this book to be a great mix of solid advice and wonderful
analogies!" -Martin Fowler, author of "Refactoring" and "UML
Distilled" "I would buy a copy, read it twice, then tell all my
colleagues to run out and grab a copy. This is a book I would never
loan because I would worry about it being lost." -Kevin Ruland,
Management Science, MSG-Logistics "The wisdom and practical
experience of the authors is obvious. The topics presented are
relevant and useful.... By far its greatest strength for me has
been the outstanding analogies-tracer bullets, broken windows, and
the fabulous helicopter-based explanation of the need for
orthogonality, especially in a crisis situation. I have little
doubt that this book will eventually become an excellent source of
useful information for journeymen programmers and expert mentors
alike." -John Lakos, author of "Large-Scale C++ Software Design"
"This is the sort of book I will buy a dozen copies of when it
comes out so I can give it to my clients." -Eric Vought, Software
Engineer "Most modern books on software development fail to cover
the basics of what makes a great software developer, instead
spending their time on syntax or technology where in reality the
greatest leverage possible for any software team is in having
talented developers who really know their craft well. An excellent
book." -Pete McBreen, Independent Consultant"Since reading this
book, I have implemented many of the practical suggestions and tips
it contains. Across the board, they have saved my company time and
money while helping me get my job done quicker! This should be a
desktop reference for everyone who works with code for a living."
-Jared Richardson, Senior Software Developer, iRenaissance, Inc. "I
would like to see this issued to every new employee at my
company...." -Chris Cleeland, Senior Software Engineer, Object
Computing, Inc. "If I'm putting together a project, it's the
authors of this book that I want. . . . And failing that I'd settle
for people who've read their book." -Ward Cunningham Straight from
the programming trenches, "The Pragmatic Programmer" cuts through
the increasing specialization and technicalities of modern software
development to examine the core process--taking a requirement and
producing working, maintainable code that delights its users. It
covers topics ranging from personal responsibility and career
development to architectural techniques for keeping your code
flexible and easy to adapt and reuse. Read this book, and you'll
learn how to
- Fight software rot;
- Avoid the trap of duplicating knowledge;
- Write flexible, dynamic, and adaptable code;
- Avoid programming by coincidence;
- Bullet-proof your code with contracts, assertions, and
- Capture real requirements;
- Test ruthlessly and effectively;
- Delight your users;
- Build teams of pragmatic programmers; and
- Make your developments more precise with automation.
Written as a series of self-contained sections and filled with
entertaining anecdotes, thoughtful examples, and interesting
analogies, "ThePragmatic Programmer" illustrates the best practices
and major pitfalls of many different aspects of software
development. Whether you're a new coder, an experienced programmer,
or a manager responsible for software projects, use these lessons
daily, and you'll quickly see improvements in personal
productivity, accuracy, and job satisfaction. You'll learn skills
and develop habits and attitudes that form the foundation for
long-term success in your career. You'll become a Pragmatic
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