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The Pragmatic Engineer

Gergely Orosz, Kent Beck, Vicki Boykis, Tommy Thompson

Big Tech and high-growth startups, from the inside. Highly relevant for software engineers and managers, useful for those working in tech.

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Latest Issues

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The writers behind this newsletter.

  • Gergely Orosz

    Writing The Pragmatic Engineer. Previously at Uber, Skype, Microsoft. Author of a few books: Advisor at

  • Kent Beck

    Programmer, artist, coach coach, singer/guitarist, peripatetic. Learning to be me. Chief Scientist at Mechanical Orchard. I'd be glad to teach you poker. Mailto:[email protected]

  • Vicki Boykis

    Machine learning engineer working on platforms and writing about tech and society.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Game AI developer and consultant | Founder of 'AI and Games' | GDC AI summit advisor | Former computer science and game development lecturer | He/Him

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