Neal is an Application Architect at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm. Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, video presentations, and author of the books Developing with Delphi: Object-Oriented Techniques (Prentice-Hall, 1996), JBuilder 3 Unleashed (Sams, 1999) (as the lead author), Art of Java Web Development (Manning, 2003), and No Fluff, Just Stuff Anthology: The 2006 Edition (editor and contributor). His language proficiencies include Java, C#/.NET, Ruby, Object Pascal, C++, and C. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal has taught on-site classes nationally and internationally to all phases of the military and to many Fortune 500 companies. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at numerous developer conferences worldwide.If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at http://www.nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Productive Programmerby Neal Ford
Anyone who develops software for a living needs a proven way to produce it better, faster, and cheaper. The Productive Programmer offers critical timesaving and productivity tools that you can adopt right away, no matter what platform you use. Master developer Neal Ford not only offers advice on the mechanics of productivity-how to work smarter, spurn/em>
Anyone who develops software for a living needs a proven way to produce it better, faster, and cheaper. The Productive Programmer offers critical timesaving and productivity tools that you can adopt right away, no matter what platform you use. Master developer Neal Ford not only offers advice on the mechanics of productivity-how to work smarter, spurn interruptions, get the most out your computer, and avoid repetition-he also details valuable practices that will help you elude common traps, improve your code, and become more valuable to your team. You'll learn to:
- Write the test before you write the code
- Manage the lifecycle of your objects fastidiously
- Build only what you need now, not what you might need later
- Apply ancient philosophies to software development
- Question authority, rather than blindly adhere to standards
- Make hard things easier and impossible things possible through meta-programming
- Be sure all code within a method is at the same level of abstraction
- Pick the right editor and assemble the best tools for the job
This isn't theory, but the fruits of Ford's real-world experience as an Application Architect at the global IT consultancy ThoughtWorks. Whether you're a beginner or a pro with years of experience, you'll improve your work and your career with the simple and straightforward principles in The Productive Programmer.
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This book was billed as describing what separates a good programmer from a great programmer. Unfortunately it's really just a collection of minor productivity tips, most of which are already well known.
Great information, and easy read. I have used a ton of the information I got from this book already. I am always excited to try all the new tips I read the previous night at work the next day. This book is a must read for the entry level software engineer.
The Productive Programmer by Neal Ford (O'Reilly. 2008. ISBN 978-0-596-51978-0) is an interesting book on programming best practices. Neal, who is a practitioner, has brought into the book, his diverse experiences. In the lines of books in similar genre, this is a book meant for programmers to help them become more productive in what they do. The book is divided into two parts - Mechanics and Practice. While Mechanics talks about various tools that help in Acceleration, Focus, Automation and Canonicality, the Practice section focuses on methodologies which aid productivity. While many of the programming examples in the book is in Java language, the book is, in general, langauge and platform-agnostic. Neil gives a lot of importance to the developers getting the best out of the computer that they are working on. This means using command-line tools, using keyboard over mouse, knowing keyboard shortcuts for various common actions and so on. He bemoans the lack of skills of the present generation developers who are pampered by Integrated Development Environments. In the Practice section, Neil talks about well-known methodologies like Test Driven Design, YAGNI, Static Analysis. In addition, he also brings in recent trends like polyglotand meta programming. Neil refers to Windows Vista in many places, indicating that the book is dated. It would be good for it to be updated to Windows 7. The Chapter on Canonicality also probably needs to be revisited - since it seems to be written based on ant. Neil advocates the versioning of everything that you do not build - like third party libraries, which seems different from the repository concept which is more popular today thanks to maven.