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The Pragmatic Programmer: 20th Anniversary Edition, 2nd Edition

Your Journey to Mastery
Written by: David Thomas, Andrew Hunt
Narrated by: Anna Katarina
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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The Pragmatic Programmer is one of those rare tech audiobooks you’ll listen, re-listen, and listen to again over the years. Whether you’re new to the field or an experienced practitioner, you’ll come away with fresh insights each and every time. 

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

Now, 20 years later, this new edition re-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. All the old favorite topics are there, updated for this new world. And there's a bunch of new content, reflecting what we've learned in the intervening years. 

Whether you’re a new coder, an experienced programmer, or a manager responsible for software projects, use these lessons daily, and you’ll quickly see improvements in personal productivity, accuracy, and job satisfaction. You’ll learn skills and develop habits and attitudes that form the foundation for long-term success in your career. You’ll become a pragmatic programmer. 

This audiobook is organized as a series of sections, each containing a series of topics. It is read by Anna Katarina; Dave and Andy (and a few other folks) jump in every now and then to give their take on things. 

©2019 Pearson Education, Inc (P)2020 David Thomas and Andrew Hunt

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Great technical book, needs accompanying diagrams

This is a great technical book! However it needs a pdf of the accompanying diagrams at least. Often times in the audio track will say, "in the print edition there is a diagram of..." - it's really hard to visualize the description of a diagram as a diagram.

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  • MJ
  • 2020-04-23

A fantastic book!

I really enjoyed the writer's approach to explaining the concepts, also the topics are very comprehensive and well-thought. I highly recommend the book to programmers at all levels of experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-21

An excellent and entertaining technical book

I had been looking for technical audio books to listen to in the car for my commute, I stumbled across this book and it checked all the boxes! an excellent listen I only wish there were more technical audio books of this caliber out there.

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  • H. L. LaFond
  • 2020-02-16

David Thomas and Andrew Hunt have done it again.

I loved reading the first book 20 years ago I thoroughly enjoyed reading this updated edition. This is a great piece of knowledge and wisdom for our industry.

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  • Jake Armendariz
  • 2020-04-26

Great Listen

Easy listen, helpful topics. there was some code involved that they link to a GitHub (I never looked at it) but it was not essential to usnertanding the message of each snippet of code.

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  • cmdswitch
  • 2020-02-29

Wonderful applicable principals

This book's revision is a great update to the first edition. Great to listen to.

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  • Luis Labori
  • 2020-01-14

Excellent audio book...

Tha charters explain the teorical base that the student to have that analize and remenber..

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  • Hynso Lashon
  • 2020-07-31

Fantastic advice

Listening through this casually before reading a hard copy. This is by far the best source of good general principles for programming I’ve run into. And everything is collected in one place. It can be read cover-to-cover or used as a reference.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-21

A must read for jr developers striving to senior

Read this book if you wish to know what separates a junior from a senior programmer.

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  • Francisco Guiraldelli
  • 2020-06-24

That's one of the better books that I read!

That's a wonderful book! Every developer should read this book, in a simplest way amazing!

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  • Phil
  • 2020-05-26

Exquisitely narrated. Not a great text.

Most of book seems to be common sense, and much of what isn't is so overgeneralized as to be wrong. A great example of this pattern is in the DRY topic, where a function implementing an externally derived policy is said not to require comments at all; in the real world, this function should absolutely be annotated with its "source of truth" or other motivating reference so that future programmers, auditors, etc. can verify whether what it does is what it's *supposed* to do, and not just that what it actually does is what it actually does. Sure, this information might be in the revision control system or other external system, but at the very least this expectation warrants explicit mention here. The book seems to be riddled with such cases where the examples are insufficient to support the dogma. On the bright side, Anna Katarina's performance is absolutely impeccable: precise, measured, and easy to follow with no distracting idiosyncrasies.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-23

Fun and Informative

This was a fun and informative read. It didn't get down in the weeds too much.

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  • Pat
  • 2020-01-15

Une lecture agréable

Bon livre avec une lecture audio agréable. Les auteurs interviennent sur certaines parties pour raconter leurs anecdotes ou illustrer des exemples. Néanmoins, certaines parties relatant des bouts de code sont difficile à suivre. Pour mon premier livre audio, ce fut une agréable écoute.

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