September 26, 2012

Wow, it’s busy week here at Chez Pragmatic. First off, Outsource It! A No-Holds-Barred Look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Offshoring Tech Projects is now available in beta.

Also this week, the hugely popular Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought is coming out of beta and is now available in print. By the way, it pairs nicely with the rich, deep flavor of tmux (available at pragprog.com/book/bhtmux).

And in 1580, Sir Francis Drake finished his voyage circumnavigating the Earth. If you can’t finish something epic today, then get something started.

Outsource It!

Sending your prized assets halfway around the world-or halfway around the country-takes a lot of courage for technical leads accustomed to doing things themselves. This book is full of real-life examples that show you how outsourcing really works.

Learn how to choose your outsourcing destination by defining selection criteria tables and applying weights to them. You’ll see how to pick the right vendor and understand why recommendations aren’t the right way to do it. Then calculate the quality of the code your offshore developers turn in. You’ll find out how to adjust your waterfall or agile project for an overseas team, and you’ll see why outsourcing QA is not always the prudent approach.

Your offshore team will never be as productive as your local team—you’ll learn why that doesn’t always matter. Finally, you’ll discover how much money you’ll spend to outsource and how much you can save-which is sometimes more than you’d think and less than you’d like.

Written by an expert who’s seen it all, Outsource It! will help you avoid mistakes and give you the confidence and the skills to take your project wherever it needs to go.

Now available in beta from pragprog.com/book/nkout.

Practical Vim

Vim, like its classic ancestor vi, is a serious tool for programmers, web developers, and sysadmins. No other text editor comes close to Vim for speed and efficiency; it runs on almost every system imaginable and supports most coding and markup languages.

Learn how to edit text the “Vim way”: complete a series of repetitive changes with The Dot Formula, using one keystroke to strike the target, followed by one keystroke to execute the change. Automate complex tasks by recording your keystrokes as a macro. Run the same command on a selection of lines, or a set of files.

Discover the “very magic” switch, which makes Vim’s regular expression syntax more like Perl’s. Build complex patterns by iterating on your search history. Search inside multiple files, then run Vim’s substitute command on the result set for a project-wide search and replace. All without installing a single plugin!

You’ll learn how to navigate text documents as fast as the eye moves—with only a few keystrokes. Jump from a method call to its definition with a single command. Use Vim’s jumplist, so that you can always follow the breadcrumb trail back to the file you were working on before. Discover a multilingual spell-checker that does what it’s told.

Practical Vim will show you new ways to work with Vim more efficiently, whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate Vim user.

All this, without having to touch the mouse.

Now available in print from pragprog.com/book/dnvim.

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  • Core Data, Second Edition in beta
  • Thoughtworks Anthology, Volume II in print
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