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


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