Review: The Productive Programmer (Video) by Neal Ford

Posted: December 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

As you would probably assume from the name, this is a talk that Neal Ford did covering the material from his book of the same name. It focuses on the practices and attitudes that can help you to actually get things done as a programmer.

It’s a recording of a talk that the author gave at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, and it’s clear that they didn’t really do any editing. This is mostly fine, but it is a little strange that they didn’t cut out the parts where the video was silent for extended periods because the speaker needed to take a break for a couple of minutes.

These videos are a good place to start on getting some ideas for how you can be more productive, but (due to obvious time constraints) they don’t include as much information as the book does and really couldn’t serve as a substitute for it. I think what they’d be really good for is helping to keep the general themes fresh in your mind and keep yourself motivated to work on the changes the author is suggesting.

The Productive Programmer Cover ImageThe audio is such that it can still be followed well without watching the video, which could make this a good motivational tool if you listen to it during commutes and workouts to help keep you on the path of refining the way you program.

I received free access to watch this video from O’Reilly Media Inc. for the purpose of writing this review. More information, including a sample segment of the video so that you can get a sense of whether you like the speaker, is available at the Productive Programmer catalog page.

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