Austin Computer Book Club

October ’20: Pragmatic Thinking & Learning

Pragmatic Thinking & Learning

The votes are in, and it was a close one, but Andy Hunt’s Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware won out (narrowly beating Stuart Russell’s Human Compatibility). Ready to learn how our brains are wired, and how to take advantage of your brain’s architecture?

Software development happens in your head. Not in an editor, IDE, or design
tool. You’re well educated on how to work with software and hardware, but what about wetware—our own brains? Learning new skills and new technology is critical to your career, and it’s all in your head.

Programmers have to learn constantly; not just the stereotypical new technologies, but also the problem domain of the application, the whims of the user community, the quirks of your teammates, the shifting sands of the industry, and the evolving characteristics of the project itself as it is built.

We’ll journey together through bits of cognitive and neuroscience, learning and behavioral theory. You’ll see some surprising aspects of how our brains work, and how you can take advantage of the system to improve your own learning and thinking skills.

Where to find a copy of this title:

The meetup will be on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30PM, via this Zoom link.

Be sure to RSVP on Meetup so we’ll know to expect you. See you then!

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