The Pragmatic Programmer

Book by Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt Book author

The Pragmatic Programmer is one of those rare technology books that you will read, reread, and reread over the years. Whether you`re new to the field or a seasoned professional, you`ll always have new insights.

Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt wrote the first edition of this influential book in 1999 to help their customers create better software and rediscover the joy of coding. These lessons helped a generation of programmers examine the very essence of software development, regardless of any particular language, structure, or methodology, and the pragmatic philosophy has spawned hundreds of books, screencasts, and audiobooks, as well as thousands of careers and stories of success.

The Pragmatic Programmer PDF

Now, twenty years later, this new edition 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 will 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

Written as a series of self-contained chapters filled with classic and fresh anecdotes, thoughtful examples, and interesting analogies, The Pragmatic Programmer illustrates the best practices and pitfalls of many different aspects of software development. Whether you are a new programmer, an experienced programmer, or a manager in charge of software projects, use these lessons daily and you will quickly see improvements in personal productivity, accuracy, and job satisfaction.

The Pragmatic Programmer: Your Journey To Mastery

You will acquire skills and develop habits and attitudes that will form the basis of long-term success in your career.
This book should be a must-have for every computer science or computer science student looking to make programming a part of their careers. The text is not so much about software development, design patterns or algorithms, but about how to make your programming environment and skillset so that you go from student to professional.