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October PragPub Magazine is here!

October 06, 2010

October is upon us, and with the change in the weather and falling leaves comes the next issue of PragPub magazine. Free to read and share in PDF, epub, mobi, and HTML formats from

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PragPub #16

Brian Hogan, author of HTML5 and CSS3, looks at new features in HTML5 that help you make your sites more accessible. Jeff Langr and Tim Ottinger, authors of our upcoming Agile in a Flash card deck, talk about what Agile is not. Hew Wolff offers a spirited defense of the thesis that good code tells the truth; Dan Wohlbruck has another history article, this one focusing on the invention of the telegraph; and Jeremy Bingham gets into the spirit of the season by taking us on a shopping trip.

We’ve got another Guru Meditation by Pragmatic Programmer Andy Hunt that you may find memorable. And this issue introduces a new column by The Agile Samurai author Jonathan Rasmusson. It’s called “Way of the Agile Warrior” and the first one takes on the ten questions you’d be crazy not to ask at the start of any project.

We also have the usual quiz, events calendar, and collection of interesting bits harvested from the fields of tweet. Oh, and John Shade finds a kindred spirit in Linus Torvalds, only to lose him again before column’s end.

Next issue, along with the technical articles, we’ll be tackling a subject close to our hearts: writing. We’ll talk with Susannah Pfalzer, who took on the job of Managing Editor for The Pragmatic Bookshelf earlier this year. We’ll ask her what it’s like to write a pragmatic book for us, and how you can get your foot in the door. We’ll delve into what we think makes a good technical book, and offer some writing advice. Who knows, maybe we’ll even include a little fiction or poetry.

Watch for it on Wednesday, November 3.

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Coming Soon:

  • The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends in print. Updated for Rails 3 and RSpec 2
  • Agile in a Flash card deck
  • Seven Languages in Seven Weeks in print
  • Driving Technical Change: Why People On Your Team Don’t Act On Good Ideas, and How to Convince Them They Should in print
  • HTML5 and CSS3: Develop with Tomorrow’s Standards Today in print

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  • iPad Programming [in print]
  • Continuous Testing with Ruby [in beta]
  • The Agile Samurai [in print]
  • Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript [in beta]
  • Pragmatic Guide to Subversion [in beta]
  • Thanks for your continued support,

    Andy & Dave

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