the pragmatic programmer

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  • 1. What makes a Pragmatic programmer? Easy adopter / fast adapter Inquisitive You tend to ask questions Critical thinker You rarely takes the things as given Realistic This gives you a good feel for how difficult things are Jack of all trades You try to be familiar with a broad range of techs and environments
  • 2. Its a continuous process Needs small amount of daily care
  • 3. A Pragmatic Philosophy
  • 4. Take responsability
  • 5. Dont live with broken windows
  • 6. Remember the big picture
  • 7. Communicate! Know what you want to say Know your audience Choose your moment Choose a style Make it look good Involve your audience Be a listener
  • 8. A pragmatic approach (I) Every piece of knowledge must have a single, unambiguous, authoritative representation within a system
  • 9. A pragmatic approach (II) Make it easy to reuse Reversibility: There are no final decisions! Domain languages: Program close to the problem domain Estimate to avoid surprises
  • 10. Law of Demeter
  • 11. When you should refactor Duplication Non-Orthogonal design Outdated knowledge Things change, code needs to keep up Performance PS: Avoid temporal coupling, always design for concurrency
  • 12. Test! Unit tests Integration tests Performance tests Usability tests Validation and verification


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