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Pragmatic Programmer, The: From Journeyman to Master, 1st edition

  • Andrew Hunt
  • David Thomas

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (October 20th 1999) - Copyright © 2000

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Pragmatic Programmer, The: From Journeyman to Master

ISBN-13: 9780201616224

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Overview

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

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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.

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