The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-01
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Success in today's IT environment requires you to view your career as a business endeavour. 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.

Author Biography

Chad Fowler is an internationally known software developer, trainer, manager, speaker, and musician. Over the past decade he has worked with some of the world's largest companies and most admired software developers. He loves to program computers. As part of his role as CTO of InfoEther, Inc., he spends much of his time solving hard problems for customers in the Ruby language. He is a co-organizer of RubyConf, RailsConf, and RailsConf Europe, and he is the author or coauthor of a number of popular software books.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Choosing Your Marketp. 1
Lead or Bleed?p. 5
Supply and Demandp. 9
Coding Don't Cut It Anymorep. 13
Be the Worstp. 16
Invest in Your Intelligencep. 19
Don't Listen to Your Parentsp. 23
Be a Generalistp. 28
Be a Specialistp. 33
Don't Put All Your Eggs in Someone Else's Basketp. 36
Love It or Leave Itp. 38
Investing in Your Productp. 45
Learn to Fishp. 49
Learn How Businesses Really Workp. 52
Find a Mentorp. 54
Be a Mentorp. 58
Practice, Practice, Practicep. 60
The Way That You Do Itp. 65
On the Shoulders of Giantsp. 68
Automate Yourself into a Jobp. 71
Executingp. 79
Right Nowp. 82
Mind Readerp. 84
Daily Hitp. 87
Remember Who You Work Forp. 89
Be Where You're Atp. 92
How Good a Job Can I Do Today?p. 95
How Much Are You Worth?p. 98
A Pebble in a Bucket of Waterp. 101
Learn to Love Maintenancep. 104
Eight-Hour Burnp. 108
Learn How to Failp. 111
Say "No"p. 114
Don't Panicp. 117
Say It, Do It, Show Itp. 121
Marketing... Not Just for Suitsp. 129
Perceptions, Perschmeptionsp. 133
Adventure Tour Guidep. 136
Me Rite Reel Nicep. 139
Being Presentp. 141
Suit Speakp. 145
Change the Worldp. 147
Let Your Voice Be Heardp. 149
Build Your Brandp. 153
Release Your Codep. 155
Remarkabilityp. 158
Making the Hangp. 161
Maintaining Your Edgep. 167
Already Obsoletep. 170
You've Already Lost Your Jobp. 173
Path with No Destinationp. 175
Make Yourself a Mapp. 177
Watch the Marketp. 179
That Fat Man in the Mirrorp. 181
The South Indian Monkey Trapp. 184
Avoid Waterfall Career Planningp. 188
Better Than Yesterdayp. 191
Go Independentp. 195
Have Funp. 199
Resourcesp. 201
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