New Programmer's Survival Manual: Navigate Your Workplace, Cube Farm, or Startup

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It's your first day on the new job. You've got the programming chops, you're up on the latest tech, you're sitting at your workstation... now what? New Programmer's Survival Manual gives your career the jolt it needs to get going: essential industry skills to help you apply your raw programming talent and make a name for yourself. It's a no-holds-barred look at what really goes on in the office—and how to not only survive, but thrive in your first job and beyond.

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Overview

It's your first day on the new job. You've got the programming chops, you're up on the latest tech, you're sitting at your workstation... now what? New Programmer's Survival Manual gives your career the jolt it needs to get going: essential industry skills to help you apply your raw programming talent and make a name for yourself. It's a no-holds-barred look at what really goes on in the office—and how to not only survive, but thrive in your first job and beyond.

Programming at industry level requires new skills - you'll build programs that dwarf anything you've done on your own. This book introduces you to practices for working on large-scale, long-lived programs at a professional level of quality. You'll find out how to work efficiently with your current tools, and discover essential new tools.

But the tools are only part of the story; you've got to get street-smart too. Succeeding in the corporate working environment requires its own savvy. You'll learn how to navigate the office, work with your teammates, and how to deal with other people outside of your department. You'll understand where you fit into the big picture and how you contribute to the company's success. You'll also get a candid look at the tougher aspects of the job: stress, conflict, and office politics.

Finally, programming is a job you can do for the long haul. This book helps you look ahead to the years to come, and your future opportunities—either as a programmer or in another role you grow into.

There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of shipping a product and knowing, "I built that." Whether you work on embedded systems or web-based applications, in trendy technologies or legacy systems, this book helps you get from raw skill to an accomplished professional.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I love the pragmatic tone and content."

—Bob Martin, President, Object Mentor, Inc., and author of "The Clean Coder"

"A funny, honest, inside look at the ever-growing, ever-changing industry of writing code. If you just got handed your CS degree, this book is a must-have."

—Sam Rose, Computer science student, University of Glamorgan

"This book has everything I should have sought out to learn when I started in the industry. A must-read for new developers and a good read for everyone in the industry."

—Chad Dumler-Montplaisir, Software developer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934356814
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,407,667
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Carter is a professional programmer with more than 15 years of experience, both in programming and engineering management. He has a passion for programming and keeping on the leading edge of technology, but it's balanced by the Steve Jobs mantra, "Real artists ship." These days he's equally passionate about helping the next generation of programmers make their own mark in industry.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Part I Professional Programming

1 Program for Production 3

Tip 1 Beat Up Your Code 6

Tip 2 Insist on Correctness 11

Tip 3 Design with Tests 21

Tip 4 Tame Complexity 27

Tip 5 Fail Gracefully 35

Tip 6 Be Stylish 41

Tip 7 Improve Legacy Code 48

Tip 8 Review Code Early and Often 53

2 Get Your Tools in Order 59

Tip 9 Optimize Your Environment 61

Tip 10 Speak Your Language Fluently 69

Tip 11 Know Your Platform 77

Tip 12 Automate Your Pain Away 83

Tip 13 Control Time (and Timelines) 87

Tip 14 Use the Source, Luke 92

Part II People Skills

3 Manage Thy Self 101

Tip 15 Find a Mentor 103

Tip 16 Own the Image You Project 107

Tip 17 Be Visible 110

Tip 18 Ace Your Performance Review 114

Tip 19 Manage Your Stress 121

Tip 20 Treat Your Body Right 127

4 Teamwork 133

Tip 21 Grok Personality Types 135

Tip 22 Connect the Dots 141

Tip 23 Work Together 144

Tip 24 Meet Effectively 148

Part III The Corporate World

5 Inside the Company 155

Tip 25 Know Your Peeps 157

Tip 26 Know Your (Corporate) Anatomy 163

6 Mind Your Business 181

Tip 27 Get with the Project 183

Tip 28 Appreciate the Circle of (a Product's) Life 189

Tip 29 Put Yourself in the Company's Shoes 200

Tip 30 Identify Corporate Antipatterns 203

Part IV Looking Forward

7 Kaizen 211

Tip 31 Mind Your Head 213

Tip 32 Never Stop Learning 217

Tip 33 Find Your Place 222

A1 Bibliography 227

Index 231

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