February 01, 2012

February’s PragPub magazine is here, and it’s all about change, including ten tips for agile leaders and ten tips for freelancers. Now available, free to read and share from pragprog.com/magazines.

And speaking of change, we’re very pleased to report some changes to Hello, Android, 3rd Edition: it’s now been updated for Android 2.3.3. This is a free update for existing eBook owners.

Enjoy!

Hello, Android Updates

Hello, Android has been updated to Android 2.3.3, with revised code throughout to reflect this updated version. That means that the book is now up-to-date for tablets such as the Kindle Fire. All examples were tested for forwards and backwards compatibility on a variety of devices and versions of Android from 1.5 to 4.0. (Note the Kindle Fire does not support home screen widgets or wallpaper, so those samples couldn’t be tested on the Fire.)

This update is free to existing eBook owners, otherwise head on over to pragprog.com/book/eband3 and grab your copy.

February PragPub Magazine

Change is coming. Actually, it’s already here. This issue of PragPub is all about dealing with change.

Change is inherent in the career you’ve chosen. If you’re a software developer, you have little choice but to embrace change. You’re in the business of making change.

Chances are you have already had several jobs in software development. If you haven’t, you will. Moreover, you’ll probably have several kinds of jobs. It’s common in this field to move freely from small startup to corporate megalith, from team member to team leader, and back again.

What this means is that you spend a lot of your time learning, feeling like a newbie in an unfamiliar situation. Two authors this month offer advice that may help.

Maybe you never thought of yourself as a salesperson, but now you realize that you need to sell yourself or your project, and you could use some tips. John Bresnik has your back.

Or maybe you never asked to lead a team, but this agile project needs some direction and you see clearly what should be done, but could use some tips on team leadership. Jonathan Rasmusson has your back.

But even if you feel secure in your niche, you should be aware that the niche is changing around you. Mike Riley invites you to step back and think about the implications of some of the new ways that computers are interfacing with the world, and what they mean for your work.

Dave and Andy advised in The Pragmatic Programmer that you learn a new language every year. If Scala isn’t checked off your list, Venkat Subramaniam’s article in this issue could be a good place to start that change.

Of course, the more things change, the more they stay the same, and Dan Wohlbruck demonstrates that again with another technology history article, this one dealing with Grace Hopper.

For more advice on keeping up with change in your career, check out the Pragmatic Bookshelf books on Career Development.

Now available, free to read and share from pragprog.com/magazines.

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