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My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job (Pragmatic Programmers) Paperback – September 29, 2005
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About the Author
Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc., and remains an active, driving force in the Ruby community.
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I would say that most of his advice really falls into one of these categories: constantly improve yourself, constantly seek to improve others, and be knowledgeable of your business and customers.
There are valuable tidbits in here that are common sense to some, but I am amazed with how many people I know that don't follow them. Even if they are all common sense this book helps these ideas crystallize in your psyche. Here are some of my favorites:
#7 Don't base your career on one technology: for example Java, Lotus Notes, etc.
#8 Be the worst. Surrounding yourself with really good people is a lot better way to learn than being the best. I agree with this.
#9 Love it or leave it. The people I like to work with the most are the people with passion for what they do. They are the ones that are constantly seeking to do things the right way. They are the ones who are innovating.
The reason I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that towards the end I thought the last several chapters were kind of fluffy and didn't provide any concrete advise. But overall, I think this book is very good.
This book is only tangentially about outsourcing. The title of the book implies this book is how one can thward the challenge of outsourcing. Now, the contents of the book are an ably-crafted, well-written set of tips on how to increase one's effectiveness as a programmer, which I would have no hesitation of recommending to programmers of just a few years' experience. So one might guess that the thrust of the book is: "If you are an able enough programmer, both from a technical and the business sense, you need not feel threatened by outsourcing." Unfortunately, the author didn't address this connection, at least not strongly enough to make an impression on me. And I bought the book because I wanted characterization specifically of outsourcing as a job threat, rather than just another force in a tighter labor market.
In short, if you are an entry-level, or even intermediate-level programmer this book has a lot to recommend it. However, I have to dock this book by a point because it really do what it says it sets out to do. Had it been titled "How to improve your programming in 52 steps" I would've given it 4 or 5 starts. But as an old hand, I also wouldn't have bought it either.
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