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Understanding the Professional Programmer

by Gerald M. Weinberg

ISBN: 978-0-932633-09-5  
©1988  240 pages   softcover  
$24.95 (plus shipping)

Subject(s): Programming, Technical Leadership

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Useful Insights for Programmers and
Those Who Work with Them

About the Book

Consultant and legendary programmer Gerald M. Weinberg offers readers a unique insider's view of the many ways to become a better programmer and to improve job performance.

Organized as a collection of essays about the profession of programming, the book is both provocative and readable. Each chapter concludes with an entertaining and instructive parable.

Anyone interested in becoming a skilled and experienced professional in this sometimes treacherous profession will benefit from Weinberg's insights.

Gerald M. Weinberg, author of The Psychology of Computer Programming, offers readers an insider's view, with suggestions on how to become a better programmer and improve job performance, in a book that's both helpful and a pleasure to read. Learn how to

  • become a professional
  • get a little respect
  • survive in a bureaucracy
  • think more effectively
  • discover what kind of thinker you are
  • envision the future of the professional programmer.


". . . probably my favorite book on the subject of software development. It is definitely my favorite of Weinberg's many excellent books. I return to this book again and again, and find something new every time. . . .

"Weinberg's gift is inspiring thinking that is outside of one's normal patterns of thought. . . .

"I predict that software developers another twenty years from now will still be reading this book."

Daniel Read

". . . [this book] is likely to give readers a better start on supervising than the conventional management book would. . . . [it mixes] knowledge of bottom-line reality with techie ingenuity."

Walter Zintz
Open Computing

". . . the author has a marvellous knack of mixing humour and serious discussion thereby getting his message accross. . . . a very thought provoking book. . . . immensely enjoyable."

Lorna Kyle
Personal Computer World

". . . this book provides practical ideas and insights concerning the 'people problems' of computer programming. The book is organized as a series of short essays, each exploring a concept vital to the advancement of the software professional. For all professional programmers, and especially for their managers. . . .

"Weinberg's book challenges professionals to reflect on and share their own meta-programs and principles."

Richard E. Biehl
Software Quality Professional

"If you are a programmer or manage programmers, or indeed just associate with programmers, this is a book that you should read. . . . turn to any one of the essays, and find a thought-provoking idea."

 —System Development

". . . an enjoyable and stimulating book. "

 —Personal Computer Magazine

Table of Contents

Dorset House Catalog
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By this Author

Exploring Requirements: Quality Before Design

General Principles of Systems Design

Also Recommended
The Psychology of Computer Programming, Silver Anniversary Edition, by Gerald M. Weinberg
Roundtable on Technical Leadership: A SHAPE Forum Dialogue, edited by Gerald M. Weinberg, Marie Benesh, and James Bullock
Software Productivity, by Harlan D. Mills
What Every Programmer Should Know About Object-Oriented Design, by Meilir Page-Jones

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