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

Your Journey to Mastery
Narrated by: Anna Katarina
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

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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Underwhelming

This was hailed as one of the all-time greatest books in the field of software development. Alongside “Clean Code”. Another waste of ink. Allow me to save you the seven bucks and the ten hours of your time with a summary: “Don’t be an idiot.” In Dutch we have a saying that loosely translates to “kicking in open doors”. Taking all the obvious frivoulous factoids that everybody already knows intuitively, and compiling them into a book, dedicating a chapter to every last one of them. Here are some of the key takeaways: - Take responsibility for your work. - Learn new things to stay up to date. - An estimate of “163 days” sounds more accurate than “about 6 months”. - Don’t write messy code. And more nuggets of wisdom. There is a plethora of coding books to choose from. Keep looking.

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Content great, delivery poor

Content of this book is fantastic, but the audio quality is very poor. Seems like its being recorded on a phone.

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Worthy audiobook

So this was my first audiobook ever. I've heard a lot about the original book, and wanted to try out an audiobook to listen to my commute. The audiobook is fantastic, code examples are illustrated very well. The content is worthy and needed for all programmers.

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A must listen for all programmers old and new

I identify myself as a programmer. I started coding for over 35 years back in the days when COBOL, dBase II were the languages of the day for me and the new IBM PC and Apple ][ were the new revolution. Recently I have returned to programming after a decade in management and the sales of technology. This book has helped me confirm what principles are still valid and what may not be so fashionable. A few things I liked in no particular order:- - Version control ie git should always be used even if you are a team of one - My doubts 20 years ago about inheritance are shared by many - Respect the culture of the language you use their name styles - Plain text is the default - Testing needs to be ingrained in the project from the start I liked the style of the audiobook it was a good balance for a technical book that doesn't always transfer well to audio

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Awesome

What can I say this is a must read / listen to book for any programmer or software individual. Many thanks to the authors and book for making this a enjoyable read / listen to Simon @ big boffin dot com

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I loved it!

I loved it! As a beginner in programming, I have learned a lot of tips and best practices from this book that I have immediately applied to my work.👍 The book is engaging and kerps you hook till the end as well. Thank you to the authors and editors for this great book!

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insightful and foundational

provided a holistic overview of what good software projects are about. + well understood customers + signature work + well thought-through + aware of change + effective I need to re-listen...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-20

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
  • 16-02-20

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
  • 26-04-20

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
  • 29-02-20

Wonderful applicable principals

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

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  • Hynso Lashon
  • 31-07-20

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
  • 21-07-20

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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  • Phil
  • 26-05-20

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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  • Luis Labori
  • 14-01-20

Excellent audio book...

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

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  • Francisco Guiraldelli
  • 24-06-20

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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  • Adam Kaewell
  • 16-10-20

Great listen for good habits

Definitely a resource every developer needs to hear in order to develop greats habits for their career.