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Agile, Pomodoro, iPhone, Stripes, and more

It’s November, and PragProWriMo is underway! If you haven’t started yet, there’s still time. And we’ve got the next issue of our magazine, PragPub, ready for you.

Don’t miss the new articles and the monthly excitement as John Shade explores another dark corner of computing, and see if you can solve our quiz—the prize is a 25% site-wide discount on any of our Pragmatic Bookshelf titles. Offer good for the first 250 bright folks who solve the quiz; you need to use the coupon before 11/30/2009.

PragPub November 2009

In this month’s issue, Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley chat with us about what it takes to be a good Agile team coach. Staffan Nöteberg takes on a different coaching challenge: how to coach yourself using the Pomodoro Technique.

Brian Tarbox returns this month to suggest something else that might get in the way of your productivity: other people. And your editor offers some advice on improving your -speling- spelling.

In a more technical vein, Bill Dudney shows how to use Apple’s Game Kit to develop multiplayer games for iPhone, and Frederic Daoud demonstrates just how customizable the Stripes Web application framework really is.

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Spend the month of November writing with us. There are no rules really—just commit to writing every day for the month of November and then take stock of where you are at the end. Maybe you’ll want to submit a proposal to us, maybe you’ll want to post it to your blog, or maybe you’ll want to keep it to yourself.

Whatever you decide to do with it—the main thing is you followed your dream and wrote part or all of a book.

Follow along with the Pragmatic Life blog at Pick a project, set some time aside, and join us for a month of writing.


Coming Soon:

  • Debug It! in print
  • Domain-Driven Design Using Naked Objects in print
  • The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends in print
  • Security on Rails in print
  • ExpressionEngine in beta
  • … and another surprise or two.

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Dave & Andy