Greetings!

September is here, and so is PragPub the magazine, with a feature article by XP’s Kent Beck and all manner of other goodies.

PragPub Issue #3

The September issue kicks off with an article by none other than the founder of Extreme Programming, Kent Beck. Kent reflects on his years designing software and concludes that we need a new approach, one that embraces ambiguity and tension: Responsive Design.

Chad Fowler looks at systems thinking and realizes that thinking of your career as a system leads to some surprising conclusions: you should always hire the least-skilled person possible for any job—even if it’s yourself.

What if your log files sang to you? Yes, you read that right. We’ve heard of ambient feedback systems before, but David Koelle and Brian Tarbox take it to the next level with application sonification, so you can listen to your code and tell when it’s hurting.

Scott Davis asks what if Dylan (the artist) wrote in Dylan (the language)? Scott challenges you to strive for beauty in the code as it runs and as it is written.

And there’s the usual diversions and explorations in Swaine’s World and John Shade’s Shady Illuminations.

Stop by pragprog.com/magazines today to get your free (as in beer) copy in PDF, mobi, or epub format. Feel free to share it with your co-workers, your friends, or your robotic overlords.

Final voting

Author Bruce Tate is starting work on his latest book, Seven Languages in Seven Weeks. Bruce will show you the important parts of each language, and help you get up to speed quickly.

Thanks for everyone’s suggestions last time. We’ve taken your recommendations, consulted a Ouija board and read gerbil entrails (hey, we’re serious about recycling around here), and arrived at a list of final candidates for you to vote on.

Just visit this link and vote for the languages you’d like to see included.

We’ll use the final tally to help determine Bruce’s directions.

Enjoy!

Coming Soon:

  • iPhone SDK Development
  • Debug It! in print
  • Domain-Driven Design Using Naked Objects
  • Grails: A Quick-Start Guide
  • The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends

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Andy & Dave
www.PragProg.com