How to be a Programmer

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To be a good programmer is difficult and noble. The hardest part of making real a collective vision of a software project is dealing with one’s coworkers and customers. Writing computer programs is important and takes great intelligence and skill. But it is really child’s play compared to everything else that a good programmer must do to make a software system that succeeds for both the customer and myriad colleagues for whom she is partially responsible. In this essay I attempt to summarize as concisely as possible those things that I wish someone had explained to me when I was twenty-one.

This is very subjective and, therefore, this essay is doomed to be personal and somewhat opinionated. I confine myself to problems that a programmer is very likely to have to face in her work. Many of these problems and their solutions are so general to the human condition that I will probably seem preachy. I hope in spite of this that this essay will be useful.

Table of Contents

  • Personal Skills
  • Team Skills
  • Judgement
  • Technological Judgment
  • Compromising Wisely
  • Serving Your Team

Book Details

Author(s): Robert L. Read
Format(s): PDF
File size: 230 KB
Number of pages: 58
Link: Download or read online.

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