Published: February 2012
You’re already a great coder, but awesome coding chops aren’t always enough to get you through your toughest projects. You need these 50+ nuggets of wisdom. Veteran programmers: reinvigorate your passion for developing web applications. New programmers: here’s the guidance you need to get started. With this book, you’ll think about your job in new and enlightened ways.This title is also available as an audio book.
The Developer’s Code isn’t about the code you write, it’s about the code you live by.
There are no trite superlatives here. Packed with lessons learned from more than a decade of software development experience, author Ka Wai Cheung takes you through the programming profession from nearly every angle to uncover ways of sustaining a healthy connection with your work.
You’ll see how to stay productive even on the longest projects. You’ll create a workflow that works with you, not against you. And you’ll learn how to deal with clients whose goals don’t align with your own. If you don’t handle them just right, issues such as these can crush even the most seasoned, motivated developer. But with the right approach, you can transcend these common problems and become the professional developer you want to be.
In more than 50 nuggets of wisdom, you’ll learn:
If you’re in this industry for the long run, you’ll be coming back to this book again and again.
"This is the next Pragmatic Programmer: a guide for the beginner, a
reminder for the expert, and a wonderful chunk of wisdom about the craft
(and life) of a developer.
—Derek Sivers, Founder of CD Baby, sivers.org
This is a book about what programmers do, and yet, there’s only one chapter devoted to code. Do explain.
"First and foremost, there are plenty of great books on code, and it’s very difficult to write one that reads fluidly and makes you feel like you’re in the midst of development as you read it. I admire a really well written book like that—Joshua Kerievsky’s Refactoring to Patterns comes to mind.
“The professional programmer has so much more to absorb these days. There’s the client, co-worker, customer, time and changing requirements. And, I haven’t even gotten to the programmer—staying motivated and productive through long development stretches, or maintaining that hubris that makes us want to contribute more to the community. I wanted to focus on those aspects of developer life moreso than, say, best coding practices.”
Is this a book just for software professionals?
"At the core, I’m speaking directly to new and veteran programmers alike. But, I’d like to think this book can be enjoyed by anyone interested in learning about a trade. I want this book to be approachable to the masses.
“This book isn’t just talking to my fellow programmer, but it’s my best explanation for how our industry works—this is what I do, how I do it, what I learned, where I made mistakes, and how I adjusted inside of an industry that’s in constant flux. In that sense, I think it’s a read that anyone can relate to.”
What’s the one piece of advice you could give to a new programmer just beginning the journey?
"When you’re a newbie, you expect all the answers to be there. Here’s the best way to program X, here’s the best methodology for solving Y. You just want to plug-in and have all the answers for how to be a successful developer out in front of you. But, to a large extent, we’re still making it up as we go. The types of apps, the audience, and the medium are constantly changing.
"Look at the NOSQL debate: relational databases have been the gold standard for years. Now that storage is cheap and a user base isn’t simply localized to a corporation, the parameters for a ‘well-performing’ database have changed.
“For the new programmer, I recommend keeping an open mind and realizing this fact. How you’re approaching work today may not be how you approach it a year from now. As an industry, we’re in constant adjustment.”
Ka Wai Cheung is a developer, designer, and founding partner at We Are Mammoth, an award-winning team of web developers as passionate about approachability as they are about technology.
Ka Wai is also the co-author of Flash Application Design Solutions: The Flash Usability Handbook.
Published: February 2012