By Developers, For Developers

About Us

The Pragmatic Bookshelf publishing imprint is wholly owned by The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC.

Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas founded the company with a simple goal: to improve the lives of professional software developers. We create timely, practical books, audio books and videos on classic and cutting-edge topics to help you learn and practice your craft, and accelerate your career.

We are not a giant, faceless, greed-soaked corporation. We’re a small group of experienced professionals committed to helping make corporate software development easier.

Our titles do not contain any Digital Restrictions Management, and have always been DRM-free; we pioneered the “beta book” concept. We’re here to make your life easier.

Leadership


Dave Rankin

Dave Rankin is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Publisher at the Pragmatic Bookshelf. He has been a professional software developer for decades and has worked on projects for clients ranging from Fortune 500s to the Department of Defense. Dave has taught writing at the university level, he has written and edited technical content for a New York Times web property, and he has worked as a technical editor for DigitalOcean.

Janet Furlow

Janet Furlow is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at the Pragmatic Bookshelf. She oversees and coordinates everything from book production, manufacturing and fulfillment, to customer service and support from her home base in sunny Texas.

Tammy Coron

Tammy Coron is the Managing Editor at the Pragmatic Bookshelf. She’s also an author, illustrator, animator, and indie game developer. With over 30 years of experience in the creative-tech space, Tammy is an innovative problem solver and industry leader working on various projects from content creation—including books, tutorials, videos, and podcasts—to the design and development of cross-platform applications and games.

Margaret Eldridge

Margaret Eldridge is the Managing Editor of our publication on Medium, she’s in charge of Author Relations at the Pragmatic Bookshelf, and she has been editing and writing professionally about technology since 1996. She also runs a document services and PDF form design company called Electronic Document Design. When she’s not working, Margaret is usually out sailing and enjoying the Florida sunshine.

Louise Corrigan

Louise Corrigan is the Senior Acquisitions Editor at the Pragmatic Bookshelf. She has worked in publishing since 2007 and on technical books since 2011. When not working with words she’s often found doing Brazilian jiu jitsu or exploring the English countryside near where she lives. You can find her on Twitter @LouiseEditor.

Erica Sadun

Erica Sadun is the Publicist for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. She enjoys deep diving into technology and has written, co-written, and contributed to dozens of books about computing and digital media. Sadun has blogged at TUAW, Ars Technica, O’Reilly, and Lifehacker. She’s also dabbled in programming, teaching, and developer outreach. Notably, she is responsible for more rejected proposals for the Swift Programming language than just about anyone else. She has spent years wandering through the halls of academia, collecting several degrees along the way. She has also raised several children. Sadun loves reading books as much as writing them and hopes to share this love as part of her role at Pragmatic.

Editors


Jackie Carter

Jackie Carter is a development editor for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. Previously she was an independent software consultant, working with both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She lives on the northern California coast.

Brian Hogan

Brian Hogan is an author, a development editor at the Pragmatic Bookshelf, a web developer, and a teacher from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He’s been developing web sites professionally since 1995, building web applications using HTML, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, and PHP. He enjoys teaching and writing about technology, particularly web development and accessibility. When not hacking on code, he’s writing music, watching “The Simpsons,” or spending quality time with his wife and daughters. Follow him on Twitter at @bphogan.

Michael Swaine

Michael Swaine, editor for the Pragmatic Bookshelf, has been writing about technology full-time since he helped launch InfoWorld back in 1981. He and Paul Freiberger wrote Fire in the Valley, the seminal history of the personal computer and the source for the award-winning movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, and co-wrote the article on computer history for Encyclopedia Britannica. He was editor-in-chief/-at-large for Dr. Dobb’s Journal forlikeever, and launched several magazines plus four regular columns in MacUser magazine and columns in a dozen other magazines. He and partner Nancy Groth live in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Katie Dvorak

Katie Dvorak has many years of development editing and publishing experience, including stints at IDG Books, PC World Magazine, and the American Medical Association, and projects with O’Reilly, Wiley, and Microsoft Press. She lives in Northern California with her family, where she is often seen running with her dog in preparation for her next marathon.

Bruce Tate

Bruce Tate the Series Editor of our Seven in Seven and Your Elixir Source series, is a mountain biker, climber, and father of two from Austin, Texas. As the Chief Technology Officer oficanmaketibetter.com, the social innovation and market research platform, he is responsible for leading all technology and developing industry-leading agile solutions for voice-of-customer feedback. He has written more than ten books, including Beyond Java and the award-winning Seven Languages in Seven Weeks.

Adaobi Obi Tulton

Adaobi Obi Tulton got her first job as a manuscript coordinator in 1997 and has been in publishing ever since. She has been a project editor and development editor for companies such as Wiley, O’Reilly, and Apress, and has done copy editing and proofreading work for companies such as Hachette Book Group and McGraw-Hill. She’s a New Yorker, born and raised, and lives there now with her husband, daughter, and cat. She’s still trying to find free time to learn how to knit.

Brian MacDonald

Brian MacDonald has been an editor of technical publications for over 18 years. For most of that time, he ran his own business, with clients including O’Reilly, Wiley, Apress, Wrox, Osborne, and Manning. He also spent a few years as a technical writer at Microsoft. He has co-authored two editions of Learning C# and Learning ASP.NET for O’Reilly. He lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and son. You can follow him on Twitter at @bmac_editor.

Vanya Wryter

Vanya Wryter is a development editor and copyeditor for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. She is also a writer and instructional designer with a background in education and marketing. She has written and edited books and articles on a variety of topics including education, job skills, and skills training. When she has time, she looks for adventure in urban fantasy books.

Miki Tebeka

Miki Tebeka, Puzzle Editor on our Brain Teasers series, has a passion for teaching and mentoring. He teaches many workshops on various technical subjects all over the world and also mentored many young developers on their way to success. Miki is involved in open source, has several projects of his own, and has contributed to several more—including the Python and Go projects. He has been writing software for more than 25 years.

Sophie DeBenedetto

Sophie DeBenedetto, Series Editor of our Your Elixir Source series, is a Senior Engineer at GitHub and co-author of Programming Phoenix LiveView. She is a graduate of, and former teacher at, The Flatiron School and has a passion for coding education. Historically she is a cat person but will admit to owning a dog.

Technical Advisors


Vicky Brasseur

VM (Vicky) Brasseur is an award-winning free/open source advocate and corporate strategist, international keynote speaker, and writer. She’s the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the only book detailing how to contribute to free/open source (FOSS) projects. Aside from articles in various publications, she also writes about FOSS, business, and their intersection on her blog.

Herbert Wolverson

Herbert Wolverson, Rust Series Expert for The Pragmatic Bookshelf, is an independent consultant, providing custom software development and architecture advice. He is the author of Hands-on Rust, the “Rust Roguelike Tutorial,” numerous blog posts, and articles on Medium.com. Herbert is active in the Rust community and maintains several open source projects ranging from games to radio propagation analysis.

Jeff Langr

Jeff Langr has enjoyed over a third century in software development. Jeff is the author of five software development books, including three published by the Pragmatic Bookshelf and a rewrite of the Andy Hunt/Dave Thomas classic, Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java with JUnit. He also wrote two chapters for Uncle Bob Martin’s highly acclaimed bestseller, Clean Code. Through his company, Langr Software Solutions, Inc., Jeff provides technical/process training, hands-on coaching for development teams, and programming services.

Oliver Lindberg

Oliver Lindberg, Web Development Series Expert for The Pragmatic Bookshelf, is an independent editor, content consultant, and founder of the Pixel Pioneers events series. Formerly the editor of net magazine, he has been involved with the web design and development industry for more than 15 years and helps businesses across the world create content that connects with their customers. Follow him on Twitter at @oliverlindberg.

Mike Riley

Mike Riley is a professional software developer and emerging information technologist, and the author of Programming Your Home and the Sublime Text 2 screencast for Pragmatic Bookshelf. Mike is also a contributing editor and author of hundreds of technical articles and reviews for Dr. Dobb’s, DevProConnections, and Make Magazine, and was the co-host of Computer Connection, a technology enthusiast show broadcast on CLTV. Mike was a contributing author to the Open eBook Publication Structure Specification, one of the three standards that comprise the EPUB digital publication file format.

Maik Schmidt

Maik Schmidt has worked as a software developer for more than 20 years and makes a living creating complex solutions for large enterprises. Outside his day job, he writes book reviews and articles for computer science magazines. He is the author of Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, Second Edition and Raspberry Pi: A Quick-Start Guide, Second Edition.

Simon St. Laurent

Simon St. Laurent is a content manager at LinkedIn Learning, focusing primarily on front-end web projects. He has been co-chair of the Fluent conference and of OSCON. He has authored or co-authored books including Introducing Elixir, Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails 3, XML: A Primer, and Cookies. You can find more of his writing on technology, Quakerism, and the Town of Dryden at simonstl.com.

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an instructional professor at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects. Venkat is a (co)author of multiple books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award-winning book Practices of an Agile Developer.

Corporate Board of Directors


The Pragmatic Programmers, Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas, are internationally recognized as leading voices in the software development community. They consult and speak around the world. They authored the seminal work, The Pragmatic Programmer in 1999 (now in it’s 20th Anniversary Edition), and were two of the authors of the Agile Manifesto. Together, they founded the Pragmatic Bookshelf in 2003.

Andy and Dave are co-chairs of the Board of Directors.

Andy Hunt on stage

Andy Hunt, is an author, avid musician, and sometime woodworker. When not making noise or firewood he occasionally speaks at conferences. He has been active in the field of software development since before the @ sign. Andy’s written over a dozen books, including science fiction novels, and tweets random bits about code, life, and zen at @PragmaticAndy.

Read more including what he’s up to now at Andy’s personal site, toolshed.com.

Dave Thomas on stage

Dave Thomas, Dave currently teaches college, turns wood, and plays with new technology and paradigms. Follow his tweets as @pragdave.

Ethics Panel


The Pragmatic Programmers Ethics Panel provides the leadership team with thoughtful input, well-informed feedback, and expert advice on many of the toughest questions and issues the company faces.

Adaobi Obi Tulton
Permanent Member

Adaobi Obi Tulton is a freelance development editor with Pragmatic Bookshelf and the owner of Serendipity23 Editorial Services, based in NYC. She has been working in publishing for over twenty years, starting shortly after graduating from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She started as a manuscript coordinator for the Journal of Cell Biology at Rockefeller University and then became a project editor for John Wiley and Sons, working on their computer technology titles. After thirteen years with Wiley, Adaobi started her own freelance editing business, offering developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading services, and works with several publishing clients, including Wiley, Hachette Book Group, and Hay House. As a development editor with Pragmatic, her books have included topics such as Python, Docker, and iOS development.

Brian MacDonald
Permanent Member

Brian MacDonald has been an editor of technical publications for over 20 years, and currently acquires content for DigitalOcean’s Community tutorials. In the past, he has run his own editorial services business, with clients including the Pragmatic Bookshelf, O’Reilly, John Wiley, Apress, Wrox, Osborne, and Manning. He also spent a few years as a technical writer at Microsoft. He has co-authored two editions of Learning C# and Learning ASP.NET for O’Reilly. He lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and son.

Coraline Ada Ehmke
Associate Member, 2021-2022

Coraline Ada Ehmke is an internationally recognized engineer and activist with almost three decades of industry experience. She is best known as the creator of Contributor Covenant, the first and most popular code of conduct for open source communities. She was honored with the Ruby Hero award in 2016 for her work on diversity, inclusion, and equity in open source. In 2018, Coraline addressed the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights on human rights abuses in the tech industry. She is the author of the Hippocratic License, an open license designed to protect human rights. Most recently, she co-founded the Organization for Ethical Source and serves as its Executive Director.

Deb Nicholson
Associate Member, 2021-2022

Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. After years of local organizing on free speech, marriage equality, government transparency and access to the political process, she joined the free software movement in 2006. She is the General Manager at the Open Source Initiative which stewards the Open Source Definition and works to raise awareness and adoption of open source software. She’s won the O’Reilly Open Source Award and the Award for the Advancement of Free Software for her efforts to broaden the free software movement. She is also a founding organizer of the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference, an annual event dedicated to surfacing new voices and welcoming new people to the free software community.

Kimberley Cook
Associate Member, 2021-2022

Kimberley has been a software engineer for 8 years, working in a range of places from digital agencies, publishing houses, hardware and now freelancing. She started coaching at codebar in 2014 when she realised she wanted to help other minorities learn to code and get into tech. She spent many years helping at codebar, becoming an organiser a few months after attending for the first time and then becoming one of the directors in 2016. She also loves being outdoors whether it’s snowboarding, mountain biking, or climbing — so much so she now lives in the French Alps.

Olu Niyi-Awosusi
Associate Member, 2021-2022

Olu is a writer, creator and Javascript enthusiast living in London. They are passionate about remote working, lists, ethics (in general and) in tech, justice in its many forms, accessibility, diversity and inclusion, learning new things, and intellectual rigour in all spheres of life. They aspire to help make the world fairer, safer, more equitable and more understandable for all through the lens of technology. They have spoken at Afrotech Fest and Non-Binary in Tech, and written for A List Apart.

Paolo Perrotta
Associate Member, 2021-2022

Paolo Perrotta is a traveling software mentor. He wrote “Programming Machine Learning” and “Metaprogramming Ruby” for the Pragmatic Programmers, and produced the popular “How Git Works” training for Pluralsight. He’s a lifelong developer across multiple domains, ranging from automotive to healthcare, large-scale web sites, and computer games. He speaks a lot — at conferences and, according to his friends and family, pretty much anywhere else.

Susanne Tedrick
Associate Member, 2021-2022

Susanne Tedrick is a cloud infrastructure specialist for Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. In her work, Susanne helps her clients address their needs and challenges when migrating and modernizing their existing infrastructure and applications to the cloud.

Fiercely committed to increasing the participation of women and people of color in STEM professional opportunities, Susanne performs community service work for several non-profits, including serving as Vice Chair of the Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity Executive Council for CompTIA, and a coalition member for the Command Shift initiative for the non-profit, NPower. Susanne is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “Women of Color in Tech”.

Venkat Subramaniam
Permanent Member

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an instructional professor at the University of Houston. Venkat has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects. Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award-winning book Practices of an Agile Developer.

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