If I`m putting together a project, it`s the authors of this book that I want. . . . And failing that I`d settle for people who`ve read their book. Ward Cunningham Straight from the programming trenches, The Pragmatic Programmer cuts through the increasing specialization and technicalities of modern software development to examine the core processtaking a requirement and producing working, maintainable code that delights its users. It covers topics ranging from personal responsibility and career development to architectural techniques for keeping your code flexible and easy to adapt and reuse. Read this book, and you`ll learn how to Fight software rot. Avoid the trap of duplicating knowledge. Write flexible, dynamic, and adaptable code. Avoid programming by coincidence. Bulletproof your code with contracts, assertions, and exceptions. Capture real requirements. Test ruthlessly and effectively. Delight your users. Build teams of pragmatic programmers. and Make your developments more precise with automation. Written as a series of selfcontained sections and filled with entertaining anecdotes, thoughtful examples, and interesting analogies, The Pragmatic Programmer illustrates the best practices and major pitfalls of many different aspects of software development. Whether you`re a new coder, an experienced programmer, or a manager responsible for software projects, use these lessons daily, and you`ll quickly see improvements in personal productivity, accuracy, and job satisfaction. You`ll learn skills and develop habits and attitudes that form the foundation for longterm success in your career. You`ll become a Pragmatic Programmer.