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November Magazine; Rails 3.1 now in paper; PragProWriMo

November 02, 2011

Halloween’s trick-or-treat is over for another year, but we’ve got more treats for you. This month’s PragPub magazine is now available for your reading pleasure, and our updates to Agile Web Development with Rails for Rails 3.1 are now available in paperback.

November also marks our third annual PragProWriMo. Read on, and write on!

November PragPub Magazine

We have a lot going on this month: Six feature articles, a staff profile, calendar, John Shade, and our November writing blitz.

In PragPub, Bill Dudney shares some cool features of iOS 5 that you probably haven’t head about in general tech press coverage, and that can help you develop cool new apps.

Jonathan Rasmusson tells you how to avoid shooting yourself in the foot with self-inflicted scope creep. Dan Wohlbruck recounts the story of the first computer virus. Venkat Subramaniam is back with another in his series on the Scala language. Jeff Langr gives you all the arguments you need to convince managers of the need for test-driven development. John Shade opines that you have to be light on your feet to play in the clouds. And Brian Tarbox finds some poignant documentation while cleaning out his basement.

Now available, free to read and share, from


This month, we’re holding our third annual tech book writing month, piggybacking on the idea of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you aren’t (yet) writing a book for us, we have advice for you! And a supportive community of other writers. And answers to your questions. And the motivation of weekly wordcount checkins, if you want that.

Your primary point of connnection should be the PragProWriMo 2011 Writing Forum on our site. And you should follow our PragProWriMo twitter account. It will be tweeting helpful and inspiring bits of writing wisdom.

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Coming Soon:

  • The Developer’s Code
  • Programming Node.js
  • New Programmer’s Survival Manual in print
  • Seven Databases in Seven Weeks
  • ...and a few surprises.

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  • Thanks for your continued support,

    Andy & Dave

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