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The Pragmatic Programmer

From Journeyman to Master

By Andrew Hunt, David Thomas

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United States, 20 October 1999
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 itsusers. 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 exceptions;
  • 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, "The Pragmatic 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 Programmer.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. 1. A Pragmatic Philosophy. The Cat Ate My Source Code.Software Entropy.Stone Soup and Boiled Frogs.Good-Enough Software.Your Knowledge Portfolio.Communicate!2. A Pragmatic Approach. The Evils of Duplication.Orthogonality.Reversibility.Tracer Bullets.Prototypes and Post-it Notes.Domain Languages.Estimating.3. The Basic Tools. The Power of Plain Text.Shell Games.Power Editing.Source Code Control.Debugging.Text Manipulation.Code Generators.4. Pragmatic Paranoia. Design by Contract.Dead Programs Tell No Lies.Assertive Programming.When to Use Exceptions.How to Balance Resources.5. Bend, or Break. Decoupling and the Law of Demeter.Metaprogramming.Temporal Coupling.It's Just a View.Blackboards.6. While You Are Coding. Programming by Coincidence.Algorithm Speed.Refactoring.Code That's Easy to Test.Evil Wizards.7. Before the Project. The Requirements Pit.Solving Impossible Puzzles.Not Until You're Ready.The Specification Trap.Circles and Arrows.8. Pragmatic Projects. Pragmatic Teams.Ubiquitous Automation.Ruthless Testing.It's All Writing.Great Expectations.Pride and Prejudice.Appendices. A Resources. Professional Societies.Building a Library.Internet Resources.Bibliography.B Answers to Exercises. Index. 020161622XT04062001

About the Author

Andy Hunt is an avid woodworker and musician, but, curiously, he is more in demand as a consultant. He has worked in telecommunications, banking, financial services, and utilities, as well as in more exotic fields, such as medical imaging, graphic arts, and Internet services. Andy specializes in blending tried-and-true techniques with leading-edge technologies, creating novel--but practical--solutions. Andy owns his own consulting business in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dave Thomas likes to fly single-engine airplanes and pays for his habit by finding elegant solutions to difficult problems, consulting in areas as diverse as aerospace, banking, financial services, telecommunications, travel and transport, and the Internet. Before moving to the United States in 1994, Dave founded an ISO9001-certified English software company that delivered sophisticated, custom software projects throughout the world. Dave is now an independent consultant based in Dallas, Texas. 020161622XAB04062001

EAN: 9780201616224
ISBN: 020161622X
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
Dimensions: 23.37 x 18.8 x 2.29 centimetres (0.59 kg)
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Really opened my eyes to how average a programmer i was. Must have for any developer / coder / hobbyist. Very easy to read as well. I bought mine in a shop before i discover this website and paid $55 so save yourself some money and learn!
Ronnel on
this is a very good read, lots of good thoughts about programming in general. must have to all developers.
Jonathan on
I found this book to be a source of good common sense in software development. It's written in a clear, easy to understand manner. It has a nice habit of cross referencing itself, which helps read the book in any order you like, or come back and revisit parts. It's a refreshing read, and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their development practices and/or smooth out most nasty surprises in software development.

I'm a bit of a self-taught programmer, and I wish I had read this earlier in my learning process. I've seen examples in my own code of software entropy, stone soup, boiled frogs, and others. The advice this book offers is very sound - pragmatic even.
Dave on
This is the ultimate resource for any Software Developer/Engineer. Reading on the train to work each day has been an absolute joy and has opened my mind to common issues encountered in everyday life as a developer. It is a must read for anyone involved in developing or managing software development projects.

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