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June 2013


Programming Elixir

by Dave Thomas

Elixir is a modern, functional programming language designed for high availability and concurrency. It has Ruby-like syntax married to the power and reliability of the Erlang VM. If you wanted to get into functional programming but were put off by the academic feel, now’s the time to jump in.

Keeping Rails on the Rails

by Sam Ruby

How the system that keeps the Rails book on track also aids in the development of Rails itself.

Beyond the DOM

by Stephen Rylander

JavaScript MVC frameworks are here to stay. Here Stephen introduces Knockout, one of the best.


by Paul Callaghan

A technique developed for automatic theorem proving back in the 1960s proves to be a gateway to many other applications built around matching.


Up Front

by Michael Swaine

Elixir, Rails, Javascript MVC frameworks, and the Unification algorithm.

Choice Bits

We follow Twitter so you don’t have to.

Lester and Rothman

by Johanna Rothman and Andy Lester

Johanna and Andy discuss managing your career over time.


by Michael Swaine

A short session in mental calisthenics.

Puzzle Solution

by Michael Swaine

Herb Simon, polymath.


Want to meet one of the Pragmatic Bookshelf authors face-to-face? Here’s where they’ll be in the coming months.


What’s new and what’s hot from the Pragmatic Bookshelf.

Shady Illuminations

by John Shade

Phishing has John feeling like he’s living in a dream world—only it’s not his dream.

Rear Window

The Electric Pencil

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