Soft Skills Book Series – My Job Went To India (And All I Got Was This Lousy Book)

Or as I like to call it… “The day of the Coder is over..”.

While the title of this book implies that the target audience is people who feel their job is in danger from outsourcing I think it has a much wider audience.  In fact I would suggest that almost everyone who writes software for a living can find value in this book. 

I am a strong believer that the day of the Coder who sits in the corner writing code without ever interacting with others is quickly fading away.  In today’s market it’s important that we all understand how we can make the transition from Coder to Software Developer.  I myself have been working at making this transition (hence the soft books) and I found this book very valuable in doing so. 

The book is packed full of 52 different two to three page sections broken up into 6 parts.  The sections run the gambit from choosing which technologies to align yourself with to how to make yourself more appetizing to people who are hiring.  Out of the 52 sections there are a few that I don’t agree with but in general I found each section had something of value for me. 

The one thing I really liked about this book was that almost every section ended with an ‘Act On It!’ list.  This list would contain various activities you could do to strengthen yourself in whatever the section had talked about.  While there is plenty of value in just reading the book I personally always find I learn a lot better if there is an action I can take.

This book gets a strong buy recommendation from me for every one in the software development industry.  If you are willing to take the time to read it and try some of the various actions listed in ‘Act On It’ I think you’ll find this book as interesting and valuable as I have.

posted @ Sunday, March 22, 2009 1:33 PM

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