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Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware (Pragmatic Programmers)

 
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Author/s    : Andy Hunt
Publisher   : Pragmatic Bookshelf
Category   : Other
Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky
Rating        : 8 horseshoes

I borrowed a copy of "Pragmatic Thinking & Learning" by Andy Hunt and enjoyed the read. In addition to referencing ideas from Bert Bates and Linda Rising, there was a good mix of concepts and concrete techniques.

Favorite three concepts:
1) Dreyfus model - novice vs advanced beginner vs etc. And why it matters to us
2) Extended analogy between human brain and computer
3) Why certain models of learning work better than others

Favorite three suggested things to try:
1) Block out time to learn and fight for it
2) Make learning new facts a game
3) Write 3 pages every morning before breakfast to see what right brain thinks before fully awake

I also liked that Andy noted writing on paper is different than typing on a computer. I think this applies to paper vs e-books as well. Different strengths.

Overall, the book was surprisingly interactive and each chapter has actions to try or take away. Really emphasized to the point of "stop and do this now."

While I have to give the book back to its rightful owner, I have a whole page of things to try/follow up on which is exciting.

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