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Software development happens in your head. Not in an editor, IDE, or design tool. You're well educated on how to work with software and hardware, but what about wetware - our own brains? Learning new skills and new technology is critical to your career, and it's all in your head.

In this book by Andy Hunt, you'll learn how our brains are wired, and how to take advantage of your brain's architecture. You'll learn new tricks and tips to learn more, faster, and retain more of what you learn.

You need a pragmatic approach to thinking and learning. You need to Refactor Your Wetware.

I think this is a book that most people who aspire to proficiency (in anything) should have on their shelf. It is a book which should invoke you to think about thinking, problem solving and expertice. That said, this should not be the last book you read on this topic. It is only a beginning.

I agree with the Dreyfus scale upon which this book starts, I disagree with the premise that it is the softening of rules and the hardening of intuition which produces the expert, especially in the context of engineering. Engineering is the safe application of science, and as such there will always be a need for rules. And engineering is certainly able to produce experts, even with the need for rules in how engineering functions. I am not trying to touch upon the debate about if there is engineering in software or computing: it is obvious that some applications are such that the principles of engineering are present and some applications where none of the principles of engineering need be present, and a whole lot of stuff in between those endpoints.

This is not the last book about thinking, which causes you to think, nor should it be. There are many things which a person might run into in technology, which make highly capable people perform less than best. I have more than a couple of specific arguments with the book, but for a book which is an introduction to this idea, it is not fair to present them. Here's hoping for a second edition at some point!

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