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Foreword

Foreword

David Bock

Principal Consultant
CodeSherpas

The individual productivity of programmers varies widely in our industry. What most of us might be able to get done in a week, some are able to get done in a day. Why is that? The short answer concerns mastery of the tools developers have at their disposal. The long answer is about the real awareness of the tools’ capabilities and mastery of the thought process for using them. The truth lies somewhere between a methodology and a philosophy, and that is what Neal captures in this book.

The seeds of this book were planted in the fall of 2005, on a ride back to the airport. Neal asked me, “Do you think the world needs another book on regular expressions?” From there, the conversation turned to topics of books we wished existed. I thought back to a point in my career where I feel I made the leap from merely good to very productive, and how and why that happened. I said, “I don’t know what the title of the book is, but the subtitle would be ‘using the command line as an integrated development environment.’” At the time I credited my increased productivity to the acceleration I experienced using the bash shell, but it was more than that—it was my increasing familiarity with that tool as I ....


  

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