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Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Recommended Computing Books: Updated
For some time now, I have been meaning to update my list of recommended computing books to include “The Pragmatic Programmer: from journeyman to master” by Andrew Hunt and Dave Thomas. This book was first published in 2000 and I’m frequently surprised that many developers have not read or even heard of it. It could quite easily be sub-titled “The manual of practical software construction”. It has received glowing reviews from Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, John Lakos, all of whom know a thing or two about writing software.
If you are a developer, this book is required reading along with Code Complete and Rapid Development by Steve McConnell. If you are a manager, go and buy a copy of this book for every one of your developers. You won’t regret it!
I believe this section heading quotation from the book, captures its essence:
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com