Passionate Programmer Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development

ISBN-10: 1934356344

ISBN-13: 9781934356340

Edition: 2009

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Success in today's IT environment requires you to view your career as a business endeavor. In this book, you'll learn how to become an entrepreneur, driving your career in the direction of your choosing. You'll learn how to build your software development career step by step, following the same path that you would follow if you were building, marketing, and selling a product. After all, your skills themselves are a product. The choices you make about which technologies to focus on and which business domains to master have at least as much impact on your success as your technical knowledge itself--don't let those choices be accidental. We'll walk through all aspects of the decision-making process, so you can ensure that you're investing your time and energy in the right areas. You'll develop a structured plan for keeping your mind engaged and your skills fresh. You'll learn how to assess your skills in terms of where they fit on the value chain, driving you away from commodity skills and toward those that are in high demand. Through a mix of high-level, thought-provoking essays and tactical "Act on It" sections, you will come away with concrete plans you can put into action immediately. You'll also get a chance to read the perspectives of several highly successful members of our industry from a variety of career paths. As with any product or service, if nobody knows what you're selling, nobody will buy. We'll walk through the often-neglected world of marketing, and you'll create a plan to market yourself both inside your company and to the industry in general. Above all, you'll see how you can set the direction of your career, leading to a more fulfilling and remarkable professional life.
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
Publication date: 6/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc., and remains an active, driving force in the Ruby community.

Choosing Your Market
Lead or Bleed?
Supply and Demand
Coding Don't Cut It Anymore
Be the Worst
Invest in Your Intelligence
Don't Listen to Your Parents
Be a Generalist
Be a Specialist
Don't Put All Your Eggs in Someone Else's Basket
Love It or Leave It
Investing in Your Product
Learn to Fish
Learn How Businesses Really Work
Find a Mentor
Be a Mentor
Practice, Practice, Practice
The Way That You Do It
On the Shoulders of Giants
Automate Yourself into a Job
Right Now
Mind Reader
Daily Hit
Remember Who You Work For
Be Where You're At
How Good a Job Can I Do Today?
How Much Are You Worth?
A Pebble in a Bucket of Water
Learn to Love Maintenance
Eight-Hour Burn
Learn How to Fail
Say "No"
Don't Panic
Say It, Do It, Show It
Marketing... Not Just for Suits
Perceptions, Perschmeptions
Adventure Tour Guide
Me Rite Reel Nice
Being Present
Suit Speak
Change the World
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Build Your Brand
Release Your Code
Making the Hang
Maintaining Your Edge
Already Obsolete
You've Already Lost Your Job
Path with No Destination
Make Yourself a Map
Watch the Market
That Fat Man in the Mirror
The South Indian Monkey Trap
Avoid Waterfall Career Planning
Better Than Yesterday
Go Independent
Have Fun
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