The Pragmatic Programmer

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The Pragmatic Programmer
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  • Andrew Hunt
  • David Thomas
Country US
Subjects Education, Teaching
Published 1999 by The Pragmatic Bookshelf
Pages 320
ISBN 978-0-2016-1622-4
Website The Pragmatic Bookshelf: The Pragmatic Programmer

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master (ISBN 0-201-61622-X) is a book about software engineering by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas, published in October, 1999. The book is the first in a series of books under the The Pragmatic Bookshelf label.

Characteristics of a pragmatic programmer:[1]

  • Early adopter / fast adapter
  • Inquisitive
  • Critical thinker
  • Realistic
  • Jack-of-all-trades

The authors also went on to write about the Ruby programming language in the book Programming Ruby and Agile Web Development with Rails, a book on Ruby on Rails which also touches on Ajax and the Ruby programming language.

In the book, the idea of code katas is introduced which are small exercises. The exercises are used to practice programming skills.

Rubber duck debugging or rubber ducking is a method of debugging code whose name is a reference to a story in the book.


  1. ^ Preface, The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master, pp. xviii–xix.

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