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Book Review: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

By Chris Douce

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas
Addison Wesley, 1997
ISBN 0-201-61622

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Book and Journal Reviews

By Chris Douce

Goto: Software superheroes from Fortran to the Internet Age, Steve Lohr

The issue of programmer performance has always interested me ever since reading Weinbergs the Psychology of Programming and stumbling across an old paper by Bill Curtis published in an IEEE journal back in 1981 entitled Substantiating Programmer Variability.

Software superheroes attracted me since being a 'competent' programmer, I felt that potentially I could learn some 'programming pearls' (or perls?) from programmers who the author considers to be 'cosmic'.

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Book Review: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code

By Chris Douce

Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code

In my brief Java career it has happened to me twice. I have found myself faced with the weirdest, most incomprehensible object-oriented source code imaginable. When faced with beasts of such complexity, I have wondered whether there would ever be a sub-discipline called the pathology of programming.

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Book Review: Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution

By Chris Douce

Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution

Glyn Moody's book presents an enthusiastic history of the Linux operating system and how it gradually arose to attempt to challenge the dominance of Microsoft. Moody describes the Open Source 'movement', where software development takes place by many for the common good of providing software that is useful, reliable and free, alongside many of the fascinating key players.

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