The Pragmatic Programmer

A somewhat shallow “classic”

My rating: 3/5

The Pragmatic Programmer is supposed to be a classic read. Even Steve Yegge has put this book on top of his top ten programming books list.

This is one of my favorite books on programming, although I burned through it in about 3 or 4 hours, and didn’t learn a huge amount from it. The point is that it was fun to read, it made a lot of sense, and it was helpful in reinforcing the habits I knew were good ones.

I figured I had to read it too. Unfortunately it didn’t meet my high expectations and came out a bit too shallow for my taste. Like Steve I didn’t learn much reading it. At best I got a couple of new arguments for practises I already embrace.

But, it was fun and easy to read so I still recommend it. Especially if you haven’t read many other books on software development.

If you’re looking for a more inspirational read I recommend My Job Went To India by Chad Fowler.

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Comment by Joep
2009-10-30 14:46:19

Did you mean “Pragmatic” (title) 😉

Comment by Hans-Eric
2009-10-31 10:27:02

Of course! 🙂
Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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