The Pragmatic Programmer

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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.


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

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