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The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide: How to Learn Programming Languages Quickly, Ace Your Programming Interview, and Land Your Software Developer Dream Job Paperback – July 13, 2017
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Are you just starting? - Then this is for you! It will save you countless hours of frustration and thousands of dollars. John explains well different effective methods of becoming a software developer, such as: going to college, attending coding boot camps or teaching yourself. As a self-taught programmer, I have extremely enjoyed the section about self-teaching. John also will teach you an important strategy of learning, that allows you to learn most of the things you will need as a professional developer only at a one fifth of the effort.
Are you looking for THAT first job in the software industry? - Then this is for you! John will teach you different ways of entering into the software industry, such as starting with an internship, getting a full-time job without experience, switching from other career and getting your foot in the door via different means. John will tell you how to build your resume, go through the interview process and how to negotiate your salary. As well, you will learn how to quit the job properly when you need it.
Already working in the industry and want to improve? - Then this is for you! John will tell you in detail about all the concepts in software engineering, starting from most important programming languages, different platforms and technologies, methodologies and techniques, and ending with how to sell your ideas, how to dress and how to be a leader.
Looking for ways to go beyond Software Engineering role? - Then this is for you! John shows different ways, how you, as a software engineer, can transcend being just an employee in some business. On how to build your name and become known to the software industry and even world. On how to meet new people and keep your skills up to date. On how to be in a leadership position, or even build your own business. On how to create a blog or go around the world and speak at the conferences.
And last but not least, John will give you a lot of resources and references to books that you can use to go even beyond all of that.
John has a successful blog, and the book read a bit like a collection of blog posts. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it makes for quick consumption. John has earned his success, and the book is a chance for him to share his advice. In turn, the reader needs to put in the work to apply the lessons.
Easy to read, covers many topics, written in a personal voice.
The writing style is a choppy at times with many one-sentence paragraphs. I'm also not a fan of having so many sentences written in bold text. These are just my personal preferences, and I'm being a little nit-picky, but hopefully constructively.
The book delivers a lot of value and advice, and is a worthy addition to your library.
-- The writing style is horrible. It's basically written in bullet points, with a bunch of white space, and bolding. Take out all the unnecessary white space and this book is easily half it's current size. Throw in decent writing style and you'd get to a third its size.
-- Much of the stuff in here is incredibly basic. I presume if you've never left your parents' basement all this may be new stuff to you, but most of it is just "common sense", which again may not be as common as I think.
-- Much of the book seems like nothing more than advertising. Heck, there is an Amazon link to the book in the book. You've already bought it, why do you need a link to it?
-- The chapter on boot camps is non-sense and reads like an advertisement for boot camps. Before you sign-up for a boot camp, please, please, please talk to someone that attended one. Multiple people. And be highly skeptical of the glowing reviews that claim attending a boot camp was just shy of reaching nirvana. Boot camps vary greatly in quality and despite all the glowing reviews you'll see online, there are a lot of negative experiences that never get posted because of pressure from the boot camps themselves. Some boot camps even threaten legal action if you speak of them negatively anywhere on the Internet. Also, many boot camps these days instruct you not to put the boot camp on your resume because of the negative perception/experience employers have had with boot camps. Even "top" boot camps are doing this. I'll leave out names, but it should be evident which are the top boot camps if you're looking into attending one. I'm not saying there aren't good boot camps, but just cautioning you to do a LOT of research and investigative work before dropping $10k+ on what is essentially an intro to web development course.
-- Regarding hiring a resume writer, again, buyer beware. I just did such a thing through CareerCup, the site related to Hacking the Coding Interview, and for not a little money my new resume got a little wordsmithing and moved one section around on the page. Essentially no material change. So either I'm an awesome resume writer or I just had a really bad experience. Again, perhaps if you really have no idea how to even approach writing a resume, a resume writer might be a good investment. But I've compared my resume, that I wrote on my own by doing nothing more than following images of resume samples from an interwebs search, against samples pro writers are showing on their sites as samples of their work, and there is no material difference. So at least to start, save yourself the $500 mentioned in the book and find a good looking sample on the web and use that as a template.
-- I could go on...
I would say the only real benefit to this book is that is gives a high level summary of the major topics of finding a job and what you need to know to be a decent dev. But you can do this easily through reading blogs and such and copying/pasting into the word processor or note taker of your choice. That's the only reason I gave it 2 stars, for the summary.