The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $7.73   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$7.73
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(140)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
New Softcover book in excellent condition.

Ships from: Magnolia, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$8.50
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(603)

Condition: New
2002 Paperback New Book. Lightest of shelf/storage wear. May have bookstore-related stamps/stickers/marks. SHIPS W/IN 24 HOURS! FREE INSURANCE! Fast & Personal Support! Careful ... Packaging. No Hassle, Full Refund Return Policy! Read more Show Less

Ships from: Alton, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$50.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(146)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$60.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(146)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

Missed deadlines, death marches, 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 by programmers who are as creative and passionate about their work as musicians or artists. For most, 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. The average programmer, having the least authority in the management chain of command, feels powerless to change these things but suffers the consequences.
The Career Programmer steps through the entire sequence of events, from the decision to create a new software system to theend of the project, and explains how the individual programmer or project manager can work within the existing system to solve specific problems and regain control of the process. Avoiding an academic approach, care is taken to offer proven, practical, hands on solutions that are designed to work when confronted with the political and chaotic realities of the business environment. Issues are addressed from both the programmer and project manager point of view and steps are shown in all perspectives, from large-scale teams down to single developer projects. Management will never simply hand over the reins and allow a completely new and unfamiliar approach to be instituted. Realizing this, the reader is shown how to build on small, incremental successes that not only solve the problems at hand, but also work towards a gradual reworking of the development process by showing management a stream of results to which they can relate. For the individual programmer or project manager theend result is less overtime, less stress, better quality software and a more satisfying career.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
The Barnes & Noble Review
For years, The Career Programmer has been the definitive guide for programmers who want to succeed in the workplace. It’s still that. But in today’s age of outsourcing, when you’re lucky to even have a pointy-haired boss, it’s more. This Second Edition is a terrific guide to getting hired, evading age discrimination, even hanging out your own shingle and “flying solo.”

Christopher Duncan’s the same joy to read as ever: wry, sometimes flat-out funny, always real. You can tell he’s been there. Is there. You can tell it when he’s writing about wrangling corporate bureaucracies, or managing your time, or estimates, or requirements, or QA. You can tell it when he’s writing about resumes, job interviewing, or overcoming fear of change. If you want to take control of your programming career, instead of griping about it (or mourning it), read this book. Bill Camarda, from the March 2006 Read Only

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590590089
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 1/16/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Duncan is a veteran contract programmer with over a decade of experience in both small companies and large corporate environments, such as AT&T, Equifax, and Bell South. In the course of writing the column "Programming in the Real World" for the popular developer Web site Code Guru, he received a continual stream of emails from developers the world over, all seeking advice on the same development obstacles common to the business world. Irreverent, unconventional, and occasionally controversial, his focus has always been less on the academic and more on simply delivering the goods, breaking any rules that are inconvenient at the moment.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Welcome to the corporate world 3
Ch. 2 Business is war : meet the enemy 21
Ch. 3 Good coding skills are not enough 45
Ch. 4 Preventing arbitrary deadlines 59
Ch. 5 Getting your requirements etched in stone 75
Ch. 6 Effective design under fire 95
Ch. 7 Practical estimating techniques 111
Ch. 8 Fighting for quality assurance 127
Ch. 9 Keeping the project under control 141
Ch. 10 Managing your management 159
Ch. 11 Corporate self-defense 175
Ch. 12 Controlling your destiny 189
Ch. 13 Get a job (sha na na na ...) 201
Ch. 14 Career 2.0 219
Ch. 15 Flying solo 231
Ch. 16 Job security 245
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    cogent observations

    As an experienced programmer, Duncan writes from his travails of what it means to be in this profession. A certain cynicism seeps through, as he describes having to endure occasional (?) management stupidities. On many things, you may regard him as spot on. As when he talks about how some companies are de facto sweatshops. Where the management routinely expects programmers to put in tons of unpaid overtime. (Hey, the programmers have [some] stock options, don't they?) Worse, some managers when recruiting might downplay any such tendencies. Kudos to Duncan for his response. When he is being interviewed, he deliberately says any such hypothetical management would be morons. Or stronger words to that effect. (Heh heh.) Basically to test if they were forthright in the interview, by inciting them if they weren't. Perhaps you, too, might consider such an approach.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)