Three years ago tomorrow (my memory isn’t that good—I happened to make a web post about it), I finished reading what would turn out to be one of the most influential books of my computer programming career, The Pragmatic Programmer, by Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas (www.pragmaticprogrammer.com). Since then, I’ve followed their articles, weblogs (see the links on the right) and like many others have anticipated the release of their next book.

Taking a surprising turn, they have recently announced the formation of their own publishing entity and have simultaneously released two new books. Today, my copies of "Pragmatic Unit Testing" and "Pragmatic Version Control" arrived.

They seem to be catering to the future Pragmatic Programmer market with material of a more introductory nature. So, the material may be a bit on the basic side. This is why they are calling these books a "prequel" as opposed to a true follow-up to Pragmatic Programmer.

As long as there’s no mention of Jar Jar (www.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0120915/Ss/0120915/fcstil\_1155.jpg?path=pgallery&path\_key=Best,%20Ahmed) I’ll be happy. And, you can never hear good advice too many times.

While I obviously haven’t read these books yet, I’m going to go out on a limb and pre-recommend them to you in case you don’t know anything about them. If they’re even nearly as good as the first one, they will take their place in my list of require reading materials for any new programmer. www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/starter\_kit/index.html

(Incidentally, 3 years ago today was the day I first downloaded Ruby \[www.ruby-lang.org\]. This was actually also a result of reading The Pragmatic Programmer and the learn-one-language-per-year tip.)