You are used to working with software and hardware, but what about working with wetware—your own brain?
Whether you’re a programmer, manager, knowledge worker, technogeek, or deep thinker, or if you just happen to have a human brain you’d like to crank up, Pragmatic Thinking and Learning will help with real understanding and effective techniques. These aren’t simple party tricks or lame ways to memorize lists of numbers. With this book, you can refactor your “wetware”—redesign and rewire
your brain—to make you more effective at your job.
In this book by Pragmatic cofounder Andy Hunt, you’ll learn how our brains are wired, and how to take advantage of your brain’s architecture. You’ll learn new tricks and tips to learn more, faster, and retain more of what you learn.
Andy says, “From The Pragmatic Programmer through Practices of an Agile Developer, I’ve always tried to help find ways to make developers’ lives easier. That’s why we started the Pragmatic Bookshelf. In Pragmatic Thinking and Learning, I’ve accumulated ideas from a wide variety of sources and disciplines to help get at the root of the problem: better ways of approaching thinking and learning. Technology will always come and go, but this is the stuff that really makes a difference.”
Programmers in particular have to learn constantly; not just the stereotypical new technologies, but also the problem domain of the application, the whims of the user community, the quirks of your teammates, the shifting sands of the industry, and the evolving characteristics of the project itself as it is built.
In this book you’ll find a lot to think about, including bits of cognitive and neuroscience, learning and behavioral theory. You’ll see some surprising aspects of how our brains work, and how you can take advantage of the system to improve your own learning and thinking skills.
Pragmatic Thinking and Learning
Refactor Your Wetware
ISBN: 9781934356050, 252 pages, $34.95US, $34.95CA, 7.5×9.25.
Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.
Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.
About Pragmatic Bookshelf
The Pragmatic Bookshelf features books written by professional developers for professional developers.
The titles continue the well-known Pragmatic Programmer style, and continue to
garner awards and rave reviews. As development gets more and more difficult, the
Pragmatic Programmers will be there with more titles and products to help programmers
stay on top of their game.
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