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New Programmer's Survival Manual in print

November 16, 2011

Now in print and shipping, New Programmer’s Survival Manual: Navigate Your Workplace, Cube Farm, or Startup. Head on over to to get the scoop. SAVE 25%! If you buy all three of these titles in eBook format (or all in paper) you’ll get a 25% discount:

And don’t forget the third annual PragProWriMo is underway! It’s not too late to start.

New Programmer’s Survival Manual: Navigate Your Workplace, Cube Farm, or Startup

Programming at industry level requires new skills—you’ll build programs that dwarf anything you’ve done on your own. This book introduces you to practices for working on large-scale, long-lived programs at a professional level of quality. You’ll find out how to work efficiently with your current tools, and discover essential new tools.

But the tools are only part of the story; you’ve got to get street-smart too. Succeeding in the corporate working environment requires its own savvy. You’ll learn how to navigate the office, work with your teammates, and how to deal with other people outside of your department. You’ll understand where you fit into the big picture and how you contribute to the company’s success. You’ll also get a candid look at the tougher aspects of the job: stress, conflict, and office politics.

Finally, programming is a job you can do for the long haul. This book helps you look ahead to the years to come, and your future opportunities—either as a programmer or in another role you grow into.

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of shipping a product and knowing, “I built that.” Whether you work on embedded systems or web-based applications, in trendy technologies or legacy systems, this book helps you get from raw skill to an accomplished professional.

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