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.
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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.
Actionable advice for engineering managers, software engineers and tech workers. Topics covered are relevant to those working at tech companies. Get tools and insights to become a more efficient engineering leader. If you use just one approach to make your project, team, or company more efficient, the weekly newsletter already pays for itself.
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.
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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
Expect 100+ issues published every year.
The Pragmatic Engineer publishes every Tuesday (long-form pieces) and most Thursdays (timely pieces) on most weeks, and very occasionally, on Wednesday (bonus pieces). Exceptions to this are:
Winter break. At the end of December, for a week and a half, there are no Tuesday and Thursday issues.
Spring break. At the end of April / early June, there are no Thursday issues, only Tuesday ones, for two weeks.
Summer break. In early August, for a week and a half, there are no Tuesday and Thursday issues.