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The Developer's Code: What Real Programmers Do

For Immediate Release: February 15, 2012

The Developer’s Code isn’t about the code you write, it’s about the code you live by.

Even for great programmers, awesome coding chops aren’t always enough to get through the toughest projects. The Developer’s Code: What Real Programmers Do (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $29.00) shares 50+ nuggets of wisdom to help veteran programmers reinvigorate their passion and give new programmers the guidance they need to get started. With this book, any programmer can think about their job in new and enlightened ways.

There are no trite superlatives here. Packed with lessons learned from more than a decade of software development experience, author Ka Wai Cheung takes you through the programming profession from nearly every angle to uncover ways of sustaining a healthy connection with your work.

You’ll see how to stay productive even on the longest projects. You’ll create a workflow that works with you, not against you. And you’ll learn how to deal with clients whose goals don’t align with your own. If you don’t handle them just right, issues such as these can crush even the most seasoned, motivated developer. But with the right approach, you can transcend these common problems and become the professional developer you want to be.

Here you can find out:

  • Why many traditional approaches to process and development roles in this industry are wrong—and how to sniff them out.
  • Why you must always say “no” to the software pet project and open-ended timelines.
  • How to incorporate code generation into your development process, and why its benefits go far beyond just faster code output.
  • What to do when your client or end user disagrees with an approach you believe in.
  • How to pay your knowledge forward to future generations of programmers through teaching and evangelism.

If you’re in this industry for the long run, you’ll be coming back to this book again and again.

Available in epub, mobi, and PDF direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

What People are Saying

“This is the next Pragmatic Programmer—a guide for the beginner, a reminder for the expert, and a wonderful chunk of wisdom about the craft (and life) of a developer.”
Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby,

Book Information

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The Developer’s Code

What Real Programmers Do

by Ka Wai Cheung

ISBN: 9781934356791, 160 pages, $29.00US, $30.00CA, 6×9.

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Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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