January 09, 2013

These are exciting times! Sometimes too much so. On this day in 1768, Philip Astley opened the first modern circus. And all too often, it seems our software projects continue the “circus” trend. In that environment, it’s easy to lose sight of more important, long term issues—your health and wellness. So this month we’re releasing The Healthy Programmer to help get you on your New Year’s track.

If you like PragPub and want to see more: There’s a short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pragpub. Please take just a moment from your busy, circus-filled day, and help us out.

And last but not at all least, Outsource It! is now available in print and shipping. If you need to do it, this book will help you through it.

Have at it!

And don’t forget: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pragpub.

The Healthy Programmer: Get Fit, Feel Better, and Keep Coding

Small changes to your habits can improve your health—without getting in the way of your work. The Healthy Programmer gives you a daily plan of action that’s incremental and iterative just like the software development processes you’re used to. Every tip, trick, and best practice is backed up by the advice of doctors, scientists, therapists, nutritionists, and numerous fitness experts.

We’ll review the latest scientific research to understand how being healthy is good for your body and mind. You’ll start by adding a small amount of simple activity to your day—no trips to the gym needed. You’ll learn how to mitigate back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and many other common sources of pain.

You’ll also learn how to refactor your diet to properly fuel your body without gaining weight or feeling hungry. Then, you’ll turn the exercises and activities into a pragmatic workout methodology that doesn’t interfere with the demands of your job and may actually improve your cognitive skills.

You’ll also learn the secrets of prominent figures in the software community who turned their health around by making diet and exercise changes. Throughout, you’ll track your progress with a companion iPhone app.

Finally, you’ll learn how to make your healthy lifestyle pragmatic, attainable, and fun. If you’re going to live well, you should enjoy it.

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

Outsource It! A No-Holds-Barred Look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Offshoring Tech Projects

Offshore outsourcing can reduce operating expenses, decrease time to market, and provide access to a flexible workforce or hard-to-find skills. To get the most from your outsourced project, you need to know how outsourcing works—what it can do, what it can’t do, and what you can expect from it. You’ll discover:

  • A pragmatic, step-by-step guide for setting up and running outsourcing engagements
  • Proven techniques that will maximize your return on investment and minimize risks
  • Handy checklists and easy-to-use tools for every step of the outsourcing life cycle
  • Common offshore outsourcing traps—and tips on how to avoid them

Outsource It! tells you how to estimate your potential savings, how to figure out what, how, and where to go—and how to find that vendor magic. You’ll learn how to use metrics, reduce turnover, and perform technical due diligence. And you’ll never miss a beat, because the checklists will keep you and your project on track.

Outsource It! is written by a seasoned technology professional with more than 20 years of experience working all sides of outsourcing. Nick’s book takes the lessons he learned the hard way and turns them into an easy-to-read, practical guide for technology professionals.

Now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/book/nkout.

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Coming Soon:

  • Good Math: A Geek’s Guide to the Beauty of Numbers, Logic, and Computation
  • OpenGL ES for Android: A Quick-Start Guide
  • Gaming JavaScript for Girls and Boys
  • 101 Design Ingredients to Solve Big Tech Problems

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  • Programming Groovy [in beta]
  • Sublime Text 2 [now available]
  • RubyMotion [now available]
  • Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, Audio Book [now available]
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