The Pragmatic Programmer

The Pragmatic Programmer

The Pragmatic Programmer: from journeyman to master

By Andrew Hunt and David Thomas

Too ambitious

This is one of those books with a title that sparks your curiosity and eventually makes you get it. From the beginning, It seemed to me a bit weird because it’s a kind of self-help manual for programmers. The book is well-written, easy to read and sometimes funny. However, the theme is too ambitious and that’s why you feel a bit disapointed in the end. Its biggest mistake is that it promises more than it can deliver.

In a nutshell, “The Pragmatic Programmer” is a rundown of best practices that must command any software construction process. Eight chapters dedicated to common mistakes you must avoid, handy tools you should use in your daily-basis, testing policies, automatic builds, source-code control and so forth. It’s plenty of quotes and truths such as: “Prototype to Learn”, “Design with Contracts”, “Work with a User to Think Like a User”, etc.

In short, the book is a compilation of rules, patterns, practices, tips and tricks and lot of common sense. It could be useful for junior programmers, project managers that have never written a line of code and for all of those, so-called, “seniors” who have never read a book about software construction.

Pretty handy… but it’s far away from The Holy Bible.

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