Refactoring Your Wetware: Thinking Differently About Thinking (Part 1)

Andy Hunt, The Pragmatic Programmers

Software development happens in your head-not in an editor, IDE, or design tool. We're well educated on how to work with software and hardware, but what about wetware--our brains? Join Andy Hunt for a look at how the brain really works (hint: it's a dual-processor, shared bus design) and how to use the best tool for the job by learning to think differently about thinking. Andy looks at the importance of context and the role of expert intuition in software development. Learn to take advantage of pole-bridging and integration thinking. Compare different laterally-specialized functions, including synthesis vs. analysis and sequential processing vs. pattern-matching. Go back to work with new techniques for harvesting your internal clues as you discover one simple habit that separates the genius from the "wanna-be."

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