The Pragmatic Programmer: your journey to mastery, 20th Anniversary Edition 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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“Twenty years ago, the first edition of The Pragmatic Programmer completely changed the trajectory of my career. This new edition could do the same for yours.” –Mike Cohn, Author of Succeeding with Agile , Agile Estimating and Planning , and User Stories Applied
“. . . filled with practical advice, both technical and professional, that will serve you and your projects well for years to come.” –Andrea Goulet, CEO, Corgibytes, Founder, LegacyCode.Rocks
“. . . lightning does strike twice, and this book is proof.” –VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Director of Open Source Strategy, Juniper Networks
The Pragmatic Programmer is one of those rare tech books you’ll read, re-read, and read again over the years. Whether you’re new to the field or an experienced practitioner, you’ll come away with fresh insights each and every time.
Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt wrote the first edition of this influential book in 1999 to help their clients create better software and rediscover the joy of coding. These lessons have helped a generation of programmers examine the very essence of software development, independent of any particular language, framework, or methodology, and the Pragmatic philosophy has spawned hundreds of books, screencasts, and audio books, as well as thousands of careers and success stories.
Now, twenty years later, this new edition re-examines what it means to be a modern programmer. Topics range 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
- Learn continuously
- Avoid the trap of duplicating knowledge
- Write flexible, dynamic, and adaptable code
- Harness the power of basic tools
- Avoid programming by coincidence
- Learn real requirements
- Solve the underlying problems of concurrent code
- Guard against security vulnerabilities
- Build teams of Pragmatic Programmers
- Take responsibility for your work and career
- Test ruthlessly and effectively, including property-based testing
- Implement the Pragmatic Starter Kit
- Delight your users
You’ll become a Pragmatic Programmer.
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"To participate in the next generation of professional product delivery you have to be pragmatic but disciplined. Otherwise, you are fated to be ungrounded dreamers whose products endanger people and whose ideas never become successfully integrated into the world. Andy and Dave described a pragmatic but disciplined approach which is a key step towards professionalism."
–Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum and founder of Scrum.org, agile manifesto signatory, and author of Software in 30 Days.
"Picking adjectives is hard work. In The Pragmatic Programmer, Dave and Andy set the tone for their work–thoughtful, expert, aspirational, and full of care for themselves and those they touch through their programs. From its publication, this was the book to read if you wanted to work to improve."
–Kent Beck, Gusto, author of Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, Test-Driven Development: By Example, and The Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns
―VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Director of Open Source Strategy, Juniper Networks
"If you want your software to be easy to modernize and maintain, keep a copy of The Pragmatic Programmer close. It’s filled with practical advice, both technical and professional, that will serve you and your projects well for years to come."
―Andrea Goulet, CEO, Corgibytes; Founder, LegacyCode.Rocks
" The Pragmatic Programmer is the one book I can point to that completely dislodged the existing trajectory of my career in software and pointed me in the direction of success. Reading it opened my mind to the possibilities of being a craftsman, not just a cog in a big machine. One of the most significant books in my life."
―Obie Fernandez, Author, The Rails Way
"First-time readers can look forward to an enthralling induction into the modern world of software practice, a world that the first edition played a major role in shaping. Readers of the first edition will rediscover here the insights and practical wisdom that made the book so significant in the first place, expertly curated and updated, along with much that’s new."
―David A. Black, Author, The Well-Grounded Rubyist
"I have an old paper copy of the original Pragmatic Programmer on my bookshelf. It has been read and re-read and a long time ago it changed everything about how I approached my job as a programmer. In the new edition everything and nothing has changed: I now read it on my iPad and the code examples use modern programming languages―but the underlying concepts, ideas, and attitudes are timeless and universally applicable. Twenty years later, the book is as relevant as ever. It makes me happy to know that current and future developers will have the same opportunity to learn from Andy and Dave’s profound insights as I did back in the day."
―Sandy Mamoli, Agile coach; Author of How Self-Selection Lets People Excel
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Dave currently teaches college, turns wood, and plays with new technology and paradigms. Andy writes science fiction, is an active musician, and loves to tinker with technology. But, most of all, they’re both driven to keep learning. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B07VRS84D1
- Publisher : Addison-Wesley Professional; 2nd edition (July 30, 2019)
- Publication date : July 30, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3693 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 376 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,001 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Don’t repeat yourself (DRY), always be learning, be mindful of how you name your variables, avoid code rot, don’t over-engineer, don’t make excuses when you mess up, write unit tests, use version control, avoid global variables, use properties or getter/setter methods, work well with others, refactor your code when needed, break down complex problems into smaller more digestible chunks, double-check emails before sending them, etc etc. These are the concepts this book talks about.
This is more a “why” book and less a “how” book. It does talk about the hows from a birds-eye perspective but it never really digs deep into any particular topic, rather it uses (well written) flowery language to say a lot without saying a whole lot. I really feel like this type of book, for the most part, could be distilled down into a couple pages of bullet points and not lose too much effect. It is well written though, so it’s kinda fun to read in a feel-good sense.
There are good nuggets of information in this book and some topics are covered a bit more in depth than others, but in the end I think you will feel good while reading it because it is easy to read and agree with it, especially for a book focused on programming, but I don’t think you’ll come out of it leveling up your skills, especially if you’re experienced. Despite people saying that this is a book for all levels, I feel like you’ll get more out of it if you’re a new developer. For experienced developers, as I mentioned, it will serve as a gentle reminder of what you should do, even if you don’t follow the advice given when you’re finished with the book.
One thing worth mentioning is that I purchased the Kindle version and it's done proper. There are no issues with blurry text or bad formatting like I see with many other technical books.
Its divided in some topics inside some subjects. You can read by look or follow cover to the end.
This book does not have a specific language or a 'recipe' to follow, actually it will open your mind to think better.
Top reviews from other countries
Aside from the content, the print is high quality, and the fact that it's a hardback makes it a perfect addition to my small library of reference books at work. I know it's going to last.
There is a 2 page chapter called "Configuration" that has practically no information besides "use configuration. Better yet configuration as a service". Almost every topic is padded with some war-story or analogy that adds no value. There are very few concrete examples that would help you implement what they suggests. There is little in terms of in-depth pro & con discussion that would help you decide if what they suggest is right for your project. There very little "in-depth" in general.
On the other hand while reading this I thought "I couldn't recommend this to my 2nd semester computer science student friend" because the book does seem to require at least some experience & knowledge.
I haven't found anything in the book that's wrong, but I also haven't found anything of value.
I am hopeful this a mistake by the printing company, and that a replacement can be found quickly. Until then the review remains one star for such a subpar product. Would not recommend
The reason I say this is that it shows you that being adaptable and applying good principles is best for yourself, team and the deliverable.
With the lessons taken from the book I was able to research into other areas which have given me valuable skills.
Good luck !