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Slashdot: The Pragmatic Programmer [Book Review]

Feb 16, 2000, 19:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Justin Harvey)

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"The Pragmatic Programmer is a great view into what it takes to be a master at software engineering in this day and age. While the book has code examples in C, C++ and Java, if your primary language happens to be another, don't count this book out. You'll find it equally beneficial because the authors really focus on the core skills and methods of software engineering. This book is the K&R for methodology...."

"If you're expecting this to be another Practice of Programming (Kernighan, Pike) you're in for a surprise. The book does have code examples, but it's just not about indenting or variable naming, it's about coding principles, methodology, philosophy, communication and practices...."

"If you do development in any language, this book is for you. Whether you're just starting out trying your hand at Java or are a Perl guru, there is always something more to learn. This book really stresses professional growth and suggests taking a different look at the way you're doing development today. If you can absorb 10% of this book, your work and code will improve. Following the tips and advice in this book will earn you the respect (or at least a tip of the hat) from fellow programmers as well as improve the relationships you have with vendors, product managers and management."

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