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Understanding the Professional Programmer

by Gerald M. Weinberg

ISBN: 978-0-932633-09-5  
©1988  240 pages   softcover  
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Subject(s): Programming, Technical Leadership

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I. What Questions Are Important to the Professional?

How Long Does It Take to Make a Programmer?
Can the Handicapped Succeed as Programmers?
What Are the Paradigms for a Professional Programmer?
Can a Professional Be Happy in This Job?
The Impatient Psychiatrist: A Fable

II. How Do Professionals Get that Way?

Programmers Are Too Valuable To Be Trusted to Computers
Training for Flexibility
The Cricket Who Wanted to Play Cricket: A Fable
The Cricket Who Wanted to Play Baseball: A Fable

III. Why Do Programmers Behave The Way They Do?

Personal Chemistry and the Healthy Body
What A Programmer Needs in Order to Change
Fooling with Rules
All I want Is a Little Respect!
The Butterfly and the Buttercup: A Fable

IV. Is It Possible to Think More Effectively?

Why Don't People Think?
What Kind of Thinker Are You?
Is It Concentration or Compulsion?
Can a Brain Be Unhealthy?
Why Don't I Run Out of Ideas?
The Eager Beaver and The Clever Cleaver: A Fable

V. Why Doesn't Everyone Understand Me?

Overrunning the Output Recipient
RE-writing and The Preparation H Test
Say What You Mean, or Mean What You Say
Iatrogenic Pathology
How to Be Misunderstood with Statistics
A Lesson from the University
The Mouse and the Iron: A Fable

VI. How Can I Survive in a Bureaucracy?

Job Rotation Around the Mid-City Triangle
Large Organizations, Small Computers, and Independent
Management View the World by Moonlight
Productivity Measurement: We've Probably Got It Backwards
Can Humor Be Productive?
The Order of Maria Theresa
The Phox and The Pheasants: A Phable

VII. Where Is the Programming Profession Going Next?

What Will Programming Be Like in One Hundred Years?
How Long Should A Programming Career Be?
How Long Should I Stay In Programming?
How Can I Prepare Myself for the Future?
The Tortoise and The Hair: A Fable

A Professional Bibliography

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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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