Austin Computer Book Club

Interview: Pragmatic Programmer

We’re just over a month away from our next meeting, discussing The Pragmatic Programmer by Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas on March 27. If you’re not familiar with this classic title’s influence on the software industry, check out this interview with one of the authors: Software is not a Twinkie.

That little white paper turned into the Pragmatic Programmer, a book that has helped to shape modern software development with its focus on craft, taking responsibility, learning through experimentation and finishing what you start. It even became a top-ten best-seller. “And it would have been number seven except some new author, some gal named J.K. Rowling, had two books in the top 10 at the time, which kind of pushed us down a bit.”

A year after the publication of The Pragmatic Programmer, Andy was one of 17 authors of the Agile Manifesto, perhaps the single document that has had most influence on how we organise software projects today.

There’s plenty of time to grab a copy and dig in (remember, finishing the book is never a requirement to come talk about it). See this post for a roundup of where to find a copy, or go ahead and RSVP on Meetup.

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