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


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New Programmer's Survival Manual

Navigate Your Workplace, Cube Farm, or Startup


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.

Customer Reviews

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

An excellent overview of the “big picture” and the many facets of software
development that a lot of new developers lack. A great primer for starting
an exciting career in software development.

- Andy Keffalas

Software engineer and lead team

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Contents & Extracts

Full Table of Contents


  • Professional Programming
    • Program For Production
      • Tip 1. Beat Up Your Code
      • Tip 2. Insist on Correctness
      • Tip 3. Design with Tests
      • Tip 4. Tame Complexity
      • Tip 5. Fail Gracefully excerpt
      • Tip 6. Be Stylish
      • Tip 7. Improve Legacy Code
      • Tip 8. Review Code Early and Often
    • Get Your Tools in Order
      • Tip 9. Optimize Your Environment
      • Tip 10. Speak Your Language Fluently
      • Tip 11. Know Your Platform
      • Tip 12. Automate Your Pain Away
      • Tip 13. Control Time (and Timelines)
      • Tip 14. Use The Source, Luke
  • People Skills
    • Manage Thy Self
      • Tip 15. Find a Mentor
      • Tip 16. Own the Image You Project
      • Tip 17. Be Visible excerpt
      • Tip 18. Ace Your Performance Review
      • Tip 19. Manage Your Stress
      • Tip 20. Treat Your Body Right
    • Teamwork
      • Tip 21. Grok Personality Types
      • Tip 22. Connect the Dots
      • Tip 23. Work Together excerpt
      • Tip 24. Meet Effectively
  • The Corporate World
    • Inside the Company
      • Tip 25. Know Your Peeps
      • Tip 26. Know Your (Corporate) Anatomy
    • Mind Your Business
      • Tip 27. Get with the Project
      • Tip 28. Appreciate the Circle of (a Product’s) Life
      • Tip 29. Put Yourself in the Company’s Shoes
      • Tip 30. Identify Corporate Antipatterns
  • Looking Forward
    • Kaizen
      • Tip 31. Mind Your Head excerpt
      • Tip 32. Never Stop Learning
      • Tip 33. Find Your Place


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.