Chapter 19. Perpetual Learning

Software developers need to have a good memory, be very good at learning, and be great at forgetting. Forgetting is the most important ability because it is the key to perpetual learning. Learning is important because the field of software development is constantly evolving and changing. Every new application requires the developer to remember lots of new information and trivia. A key skill that developers need to master is the ability to forget the trivia while retaining the essential information.

Starting out on the journey of perpetual learning is simple. An easy and effective starting point is to provide each development team with its own small library of good technical books. The Pragmatic Programmer by Hunt ...

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