My Pragmatic Programmer books came in the mail today. Since I have the next week off from the J2EE study group, I decided to make my first pass through at least the original book. I am behind on EJB and design patterns, but these books hold so much promise for rubber-meets-the-road applicability that I can't wait.
Just the first few chapters are great. It's the kind of material that makes you wish you had come across it years ago. As each section is stepped through, an experienced developer with enough history on projects will find themselves identifying with every point, whether good or bad.
I think Dave and Andy have much to offer anyone involved with software development. Never before have I seen so much insight distilled into such a compact form. I am sure I will be writing about these books more as I progress.