The Productive Programmer
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2010
Run time: 2 hours 53 minutes

Anyone who develops software for a living needs a proven way to produce it better, faster, and cheaper. This video 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 how 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.

This video captures one of the popular tutorial sessions presented at OSCON 2010, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention held in Portland, Oregon this past July. Other videos of OSCON 2010 sessions include:

  • Automated Infrastructure is on the Menu with Chef
  • Building a NoSQL Data Cloud
  • Cooking with jQuery
  • Django Deployment Workshop
  • Hands-on Cassandra
  • Introduction to Django
  • Observing and Optimizing your Application with DTrace
  • Practical Python Programming: Callbacks
  • Scalable Internet Architectures
  • Test-Driven Database Development
  • The Seductions of Scala
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      Comments about oreilly The Productive Programmer:

      As you would probably assume from the name, this is a talk that Neal Ford did covering the material from his book of the same name. It focuses on the practices and attitudes that can help you to actually get things done as a programmer.

      It's a recording of a talk that the author gave at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, and it's clear that they didn't really do any editing. This is mostly fine, but it is a little strange that they didn't cut out the parts where the video was silent for extended periods because the speaker needed to take a break for a couple of minutes.

      These videos are a good place to start on getting some ideas for how you can be more productive, but (due to obvious time constraints) they don't include as much information as the book does and really couldn't serve as a substitute for it. I think what they'd be really good for is helping to keep the general themes fresh in your mind and keep yourself motivated to work on the changes the author is suggesting.

      The audio is such that it can still be followed well without watching the video, which could make this a good motivational tool if you listen to it during commutes and workouts to help keep you on the path of refining the way you program.

      I received free access to watch this video from O'Reilly Media Inc. for the purpose of writing this review.

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