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Programmer Passport: More Languages in More Weeks

October 02, 2019

Join Bruce Tate, author of Seven Languages in Seven Weeks, for a guided tour to more languages in more weeks! Programmer Passport is a subscription to six languages per year in a curated, tour-guided fashion.

Get free tickets to the All Things Open conference in October. Read on for details, and meet with Venkat Subramaniam, VM (Vicky) Brasseur, and Andy Hunt in person.

Programmer’s Passport

The Programmer Passport subscription will introduce programming languages on a two-month cadence. The first language up, by popular request, is Crystal.

Crystal’s central philosophy, from the beginning, is enticing: fast like C, slick like Ruby. Adding C-like performance to a Ruby-like language, for free, is an ambitious goal. Almost every great language has clear goals like this one. This book will tease out what makes Crystal special. Historically, Crystal was initially intended to be a fully compatible replacement to Ruby, but one that is more type safe and performant. It is fast. Crystal beats Ruby by 5x in almost all cases and up to 300x in some benchmarks. Recently, Crystal has also made a big push to incorporate Parallelism.

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The partnership between The Pragmatic Bookshelf and Bruce Tate began many years ago with 2009's From Java to Ruby. The Programmer Passport continues that relationship. Programming changes quickly, and that means the education about languages has to keep up quickly as well.

We are excited to share this new product with our readers. Programmer Passport allows you to tour and explore six languages per year in a curated, tour-guided fashion. If you want to delve deeper into any of the languages the Programmer Passport explores, check out our titles here at the Pragmatic Bookshelf.

Join us at ATO In October!

Want to join 4,500 open source technologists? All Things Open is the largest open source/open tech/open web conference on the east coast of the United States. It regularly hosts some of the most well-known experts in the world as well as nearly every major technology company, including our own experts Venkat Subramaniam and VM (Vicky) Brasseur. Andy Hunt will be on hand to sign a limited number of copies of The Pragmatic Programmer: 20th Anniversary Edition.

Nearly 4,100 attendees from 40 US states and 24 countries participated in 2018, and 4,500 are expected in 2019. Visit for details. Cost: Just $149/day and $199/both days, includes all programming, lunch, and networking socials.

Discount promo codes for Pragmatic readers:

  1. Enter the promo code PragProg when registering and cost will be reduced to $0. Five (5) free passes available.
  2. Enter the promo code PragProg20 when registering and cost will be reduced by 20%. Unlimited.

Upcoming Author Appearances

  • 2019-10-03 Frances Buontempo,
    Software Craftmanship London
  • 2019-10-13 VM Brasseur,
    All Things Open, Raleigh, NC
  • 2019-10-14 James O. Coplien,
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2019-10-15 Staffan Nöteberg,
    Scandinavian Airlines, Stockholm
  • 2019-10-15 Venkat Subramaniam,
    All Things Open
  • 2019-10-20 Jon Reid,
    Silicon Valley Code Camp Agile Track, San Jose, California, USA
  • 2019-10-25 James O. Coplien,
    Prague, Czech
  • 2019-11-15 Frances Buontempo,
    Meeting Cpp, Berlin
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