The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World

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Apress, Nov 22, 2006 - Computers - 544 pages
When Chris Duncan first asked me to do the foreword to his book, I didn’t think it would be that tough to do. How hard could writing a foreword be? Compared to some of the projects I worked on in the past such as BoundsChecker, writing a book, or my current job of debugging others’ impossible bugs, writing a foreword should be a piece of cake. However, within reading a couple of pages of The Career Programmer, I became extremely nervous because Chris is a far better writer than I can ever hope to be. The last thing I want to do is detract from great writing, and more importantly, an extremely important message for the software business. You’ve probably looked at the back cover or flipped through the pages and noticed that this book is not what you would expect to find in the computer books section of the typical bookstore. There are a billion books on how to use the hot technology du jour and maybe a few on project management, but this is the first book to directly address the developer and what it takes to get your real job done. Isn’t it amazing that the software engineering field has been around this long and this is the first book written for the real engineer? We’d love to say that we spend our days coding, but we really don’t.

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Effective Design
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Founder of Practical Strategy Consulting, Christopher Duncan is the bestselling author of Unite the Tribes and The Career Programmer. He's been a frequent guest on radio shows across the country, his monthly columns have been read by hundreds of thousands worldwide, and he is widely acclaimed for his immensely practical approach to success in the real world where self interest and office politics are often more prevalent than common sense. This keen insight does not come by accident. Christopher has an unusually diverse background which includes a career in sales consulting, life as a professional musician, and experience fighting deadlines as a cubicle-dwelling software developer. He's also performed mind-numbing factory work, labored on construction sites, and built components for guided missiles. Currently, he writes, speaks and mentors professionals on career and business strategies. He understands the problems and goals of your people, from the lowest-paid workers to the executive elite, because he's been there himself and lived to tell the tale. Whether he's talking about the job-related anxieties of the night watchman's attack chihuahua or explaining the relationship between bunny slippers and corporate productivity, his humor and light-hearted antics will entertain your audience as he shares his vision of success through the pursuit of American excellence. Lively, expressive, and a consummate professional with three decades of stage experience, Christopher delivers an exciting and practical message to your people, inspiring them to reach for their very best and showing them how to get there in the real world, where things don't always go according to plan. Most importantly, he makes sure that everyone has a little fun in the process. He can be reached at

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