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so in that it must have been uite ground breaking Had I read it in 1999 I wouldn t have known any of these thingsThe uestion is though would I have been able to use this book for anything back then While I found myself agreeing with lots of advice given in the book I also found that the reason I could agree with so much is that the advice is so vague that ou can read Colp your own interpretation into itPerhapsou could view that as a strength of the contents It attempts to plant a lot of seeds into the readers minds without ever being prescriptive or dogmatic In that sense it lives up to its titular pragmatismStill it leaves me with the feeling that if Dressage conjugal you don t already know how to work in this way willou be able to learn it from the book I don t think soAs an overall observation it seems that most of what the authors call pragmatic programming is simply what s later become known as agile development Thus I have much respect for the authors in 1999 they were certainly at the bleeding edge of modern software development perhaps they still are today but I don t think the book stands the test of time For a total beginner the concepts will be difficult to internalize For a seasoned programmer on a good team it will be little than a general reinforcement While it s hard to imagine the right time in one s career to read the The Pragmatic Programmer probably often it s a classic It s written at a high enough level that very little material is outdated In fact some of the arguments ring much truer now than they would have in 1999See this review and others on my blog I didn t like the structure of the book Some of the concepts were vaguely presented I was also bored a little bit while reading itSome notesChapter 1 A Pragmatic PhilosophyTip 3 Provide Options Don t Make Lame ExcusesBefore Leyna Book 1 you approach anyone to tell them why something can t be done is late or is broken stop and re evaluateTip 4 Don t Live with Broken WindowsDon t leave broken windows bad designs wrong decisions or poor code un repairedTip 5 Be a Catalyst for ChangeStart with something hot water with stones to make a soup and slowly people will be adding ingredients toour water and see how useful it can beTip 6 Remember the Big PictureConstantly review the project look out for. Teams of pragmatic programmers; and Make Le Druidisme au quotidien your developments 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 Whetheroure a new coder an experienced progra. Be reading "THIS WILL REMIND YOU HOW IMPORTANT "will remind ou how important1999 So In That
IS TO DO THEM THIS IS MY FAVORITE NONto do them This is my favorite non tech book It explores good software development practices In my opinion it is than just a checklist of what ou should do it literally changed my approach to development with positive resultsOthers have mentionned that they already knew most of the things in this book and practice these good habits in their development environments I ve worked in dozens of environments ranging from very successful experienced companies to fly by night operations that have no business writing code Any one of these environments would have been vastly improved if some of these practices were incorporated And in several environments I was able to introduce some of these concepts which led to increases in productivity and happinessIf De Karakoliërs you andour organization already does everything in this book and Le Tricot Poche Pour les Nuls you see it as a ho hum read congratulations toou For the rest of us I think this is chocked full of high level abstract concepts that will improve any development environment It s communicated in a very straight forward manner and also advises Deliciously Ella entre amis you to take a pragmatic approach to everything only using the things that make sense inour situationOverall a wonderful book In fact it s a good book if VO2 max l'preuve du temps you re just beginning to program I ve just read it late so it contains nothing new to me I can t imagine that there are software developers who don t know about pr While many complain about already knowing everything in the book or that it s outdated I believe they are uite missing the point Perhaps this book didn t speak toou at the point Kanji et Kana : Manuel et lexique des 2141 caractres officiels de l'criture japonaise suivi de caractres composs formant un vocabulaire de base de plus de 12 000 mots you are at in developingour skills and crafts but it might speak to someone else just beginning Rating the book low for the reason it wasn t what Un Protecteur Pour Caroline (Forces Trs Spciales t. 1) you needed is rather disingenuous as a rating should be a guide to the uality of the book overall The information contained in this book is essential for software developers who want to develop their skills and knowledge into a craft worthy of renown to become masters of the field It is essential for anyone working in a team or working soloThe book is dated in the specific examples it uses as would any book become so dated What is not dated are the principles the tips the stories the wisdom of this bookAs I was reading it it felt all so familiar Yes most anyone who has been at the craft of software development will probably recognize much of this I felt like the authors had been following me around during my consulting practice in the 90s as they pull from the same stories lore and practice that I taught Reading this book now in 2012 I recognize all this and am grateful for the review One may know a lot of practices but having a refresher on the extent of what matters in software development helpsAs I approach a new team a new S for keepingour code flexible and easy to adapt and reuse Read this book and oull learn how to Fight software rot; Avoid the trap of duplicating knowledge; Write flexible dynamic and adaptable code; Avoid programming by coincidence; Bullet proof our code with contracts assertions and exceptions; Capture real reuirements; Test ruthlessly and effectively; Delight our users; Build. This is essentially a self help guide for programmers the kind of book that enumerates the habits of Good and Happy People and makes ou feel slightly guilty about not practicing most of them but probably won t result in How To Top Like A Stud: A Penetrating Guide to Gay Sex. (Like A Porn Star) you forsakingour evil ways and stepping on the path toward Nirvana Hunt and Thomas are friendly but occasionally annoying gurus Their metaphors boiled frogs etc and kitsch jokes are offputting and some of their advice "borders on insult One that when they devote a whole section to interpersonal communication that they are targetting the particularly "on insult One assumes that when they devote a whole section to interpersonal communication that they are targetting the particularly and uncouth breed of computer geek recently emerged from the dark and brutish cave of high school struggling to make headway in a world full of messy inconsistent emotional people who don t even know how to reverse grep an Apache logThat said I think there are nuggets of good advice for everyone all over the book Programming like reading and writing is ultimately a private personal activity and to be honest most of us software engineers were that closeted high school nerd at some point and draw upon that focused single minded persona when we do things like coding so there are lessons to be learned from taking a step back occasionally and examining the craft as Hunt and Thomas do They are as I said occasionally infuriating but even their silly aphorisms and mantras are usually memorable what software engineer isn t constantly trying to stay DRY I ve no doubt I ll be flipping through it again in the future especially when I feel like I ve hit a wall fell in a rut or found myself exploiting tired and hackneyed idioms that don t do the English language any justice A must read for any developer who earns to fine tune their craft 40 Good for new programmersThis seems to be a favorite in the office so before I participating in the recommending of this book to new hires I figured
I Should Check It Out First Thereshould check it out first There definitely some good stuff in here but most won t be new for anyone who s been programming professionally for 2 or 3 ears or I think most engineers problems is that they don t do what they know is the right thingI think many people have said this before but at the risk of duplication I ll say that the book contains a lot of common sense codified The other interesting bits are the suggestions for ways to behave as a good engineer Thing is many of them feel like personality traits than things The Impostor you can learn or decide to dosuch as learn new things languages editors frameworks see how things work if something s broken find out why don t just get tests passing ifou find rotten code refactor try to learn keyboard shortcuts write time saving scripts and tools like Robert just did automate everything especially testing test hardBut if ou want to be better and don t do some of these may. 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 reuirement and producing working maintainable code that delights its users It covers topics ranging from personal responsibility and career development to architectural techniue.