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The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World (Expert's Voice) [Paperback]

Christopher Duncan
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1 Feb 2006 1590596242 978-1590596241 2
Unrealistic schedules, unstable releases, continual overtime, and skyrocketing stress levels are legendary in the software development industry. Unlike traditional occupations such as accounting or administration, the software business is populated with programmers who are as creative and passionate about their work as musicians and artists. But for most programmers and project managers, it is a complete surprise when they enter the business world and find that internal politics, inept management, and unrealistic marketing drive the process, rather than a structured and orderly approach based on technical issues and quality. This guide, delivered with the wit and aplomb to make a serious topic entertaining and palatable, will help you survive the programming industry. The Career Programmer explains how you can work within the existing system to solve deadline problems and regain control of the development process. Youll master self-defense techniques to shield yourself, your project, and your code from corporate politics, arbitrary management decisions, and marketing-driven deadlines. Author Chris Duncan provides proven, practical, hands-on solutions designed to work even when tested by the political and chaotic realities of the business environment. Issues are addressed from the points of view of both the programmer and project manager, and steps are illustrated from all perspectivesfrom large-scale teams down to projects with a single developer. For you, the end results will mean less overtime and stress, higher-quality software, and a more satisfying career.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2 edition (1 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596241
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Author, musician, veteran programmer, and corporate troublemaker Christopher Duncan is president of Show Programming of Atlanta, Inc. Irreverent, passionate, unconventional, and sometimes controversial, his focus has always been less on the academic and more on simply delivering the goods, breaking any rules that happen to be inconvenient at the moment. He can be reached at --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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AS a Developer Struggling with the stresses and strains of the daily grind of comercial software development I was on the edge of quiting it all and moving on to pushing a broom for the rest of my life just for the sanity. This book has helped me to re-evaluate my attitude and desires for my career and has given me the encouragement and ammunition needed to survive the battlefield of development. If you develop or analyze commercial or even in-house solutions and struggle to get to grips with all the corporate red tape and downright insanity this book is for you...This book is a MUST BUY for anyone who wants to be the best at what they do in the world of IT. No BS here just good wholesome truthful survival tacticts from someone who knows what the hell they are talking about.
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While this book is clearly written for corporate America it still have several insights that are useful here in Europe. While it is easy to chuckle along as the author describes reasons for projects collapsing and what to do about it, it also describes factors for success, such as how to get your way when setting deadlines, allocating resources, etc. It also takes into account the different personality types one can see in development teams and management, and how to make use of those. This includes making use of people usually viewed as obstacles. (That might include oneself...:) The book is easy to read and the examples are easy to remember so that you can recognize what is going on at meetings before, during and after the project.
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It's an important tool for the modern developer. Any developer that is proud to be called that, must at least know some of the tools provided here. As the fast pace of change is ever increasing speed, one must be able to cope with that change. This book tells you that it is "do or die" for the contractor or developer on a small shop. Loved it.
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