The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development. Front Cover. Chad Fowler. Pragmatic Bookshelf, – Computers. The Passionate Programmer. 7 reviews. by Chad Fowler. Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf. Release Date: May ISBN: View table of. ThePassionateProgrammer. Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development. Chad Fowler. The Pragmatic Bookshelf. Raleigh, North Carolina Dallas.

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Success in today’s IT environment requires you to view your career as a business endeavor.

The Passionate Programmer

In this book, dhad learn pqssionate 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 fowwler 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.

The Passionate Programmer by Chad Fowler

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 passionzte 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. There may be hope for our “unprofession” after all! More power to you! Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc. Would you like to proyrammer us about a lower passionaate

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. William P Ross Top Contributor: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book was a mixed bag of discussions about becoming a passionate programmer and advancing your career. Some of the tips were useful, while others were pure anecdotes from the author, not backed by much evidence. I do not think this book will turn a lazy programmer into a passionate one, and most people reading this book will already have some passion passionage programming.

Some of the tips were on learning new technologies and getting out of your comfort zone. For most people this will be common sense that you should keep up to date.

Unfortunately too many of the tips progranmer into the categories of stories prrogrammer the authors personal experience. Tip 5 is “Invest In Your Intelligence”. I liked the title a lot paassionate this one. However, the story to back up this tip is how the author was trying passuonate hire from hundreds of candidates in India. He was unsure intially how to seperate the average candidates from the best.

So he told his partner to put the requirement of knowing Smalltalk for the job At the end of the chapter the author even recommends possibly learning Smalltalk. After this discussion I went on some job boards and looked up if anybody was hiring for Smalltalk, and there is not a single posting anywhere Of all the languages he could have recommended this was an extremely poor choice for a programmmer book.

Too many of the tips are semi-inaccurate or irrelevant and the book cgad heavily focused on the corporate environment.

The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development

I would have preferred more about the passion side of programming then on what legacy languages the author enjoys. The bibliography for this book is only 10 other books with titles such as The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. Hanh is one of my favorite spiritual writers, but this book has no place being in the bibliography for a book on programming. The author should have backed up his opinions by actual data.


At the time, I was working remotely at my job as a recently turned Project Manager from Software Engineer at a.

Picking up this book again recently has made me reflect on things I had missed the first time around. A more pleasant and personable person to work with. We can stay as engineers if we want to! A Yes then to a manager becomes more valuable coming from you.

Do what it takes to be and stay valuable in your realm. Take it as a learning experience, and improve! Take time to learn and reflect deeply on the industry in combination with what you currently know. Be ever changing in your thoughts and opinions. Not much bad about this book! His reasoning was that Sun Microsystems could go down-under any day. For a more seasoned developer, the book mainly serves as a guided reflection with areas such as blogging, speaking at conferences, contributing to open source, understanding the business side of your company, and anticipating developments in the industry.

The writing is strongly colored by the author’s experience as a jazz musician before launching into programming as a later career choicedev manager, and staffer in an IT offshoring gig. There isn’t much advice for software engineering or programming itself – it’s more about soft skills, standing out, and investing in yourself. See all reviews. Amazon Proggammer allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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