About The Pragmatic Engineer Newsletter

The #1 technology newsletter on Substack. Highly relevant for software engineers and engineering managers, useful for those working in tech. Written by engineering manager and software engineer Gergely Orosz who was previously at Uber, Skype/Microsoft, and at high-growth startups.

What to expect:

  • Big tech and high-growth startups, from the inside. Tech is accelerating rapidly: but some fast-moving companies are ahead of the rest of the pack. What are they doing differently and why? I go deep.

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  • A pulse on the tech market and scoop worth knowing. What is happening in tech, and why? How is the market changing? What does this mean for hiring managers and for those navigating their careers? I cover patterns and trends heard within Big Tech and high-growth startups in the series The Scoop.

  • An independent viewpoint. I don’t take sponsorships of any kind, and disclose any affiliation I would have with the companies covered. Read my ethics statement and more about the lack of sponsorship in the newsletter.

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  • Long-form educational articles every Tuesday. These articles typically go deep into a topic relevant for software engineers or engineering managers, and tend to offer actionable advice. The Tuesday article is a Real World Engineering Challenge issue every 4-6 weeks. See the full archive here.

  • Timely articles on Big Tech and high-growth startups most Thursdays. These issues are almost always The Scoop issues: insights, patterns and trends I observe and hear about within Big Tech and at high-growth startups.

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Publishing schedule and holidays

The Pragmatic Engineer publishes every Tuesday (long-form pieces) and most Thursdays (timely pieces) on most weeks, and very occasionally, on Wednesday (bonus pieces).

Expect to get 100 or more issues in you inbox, every year.

Exceptions to this are holidays: spring break, summer break and winter break. In 2023, these are:

  • 27 April (Thursday) & 4 May (Thursday): spring break

  • 10-17 August : summer break

  • 26 December - 2 January: winter break

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This schedule can be changed in case of unexpected events. Last update: 9 May 2023.

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Gergely Orosz 

Writing The Pragmatic Engineer, advisor at mobile.dev. Previously at Uber, Skype, Microsoft. Author of a few books: pragmaticurl.com/books