Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/02/gg2_geek/
Geeks Guide 2... Being Geek
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GG2 There will come a time as a software engineer when you realise that your career depends on much more than just code.
Is it time to become a manager? Should you accept the offer to join that start-up? If this is you (or even if it’s not – because it will be) then welcome to and enjoy Michael Lopp’s guide to the software developer’s career: Being Geek.
In Being Geek, Mr. Lopp offers up over forty stories that cover the complete job lifecycle – from the initial job search to knowing when to resign. Referencing his own experiences with Silicon Valley giants such as Apple and Symantec, he offers advice on how to handle some of the baffling circumstances you may encounter throughout your career.
There is a whole host of topics to sink your teeth into, from getting your presentation technique down with How to Not Throw Up to knowing when to bail in Your Next Gig.
Being Geek is an entertaining read from a writer with years of experience and industry know-how. The book is more than accessible for those outside software engineering, with many aspects being able to be applied to any job or career. For example, in The Business many factors could be applied to a career outside IT , such as negotiating your base salary and bonus, as well as determining your professional worth.
That said, we strongly recommend Being Geek to Reg Readers who want to succeed and progress with software development. Whereas there are a bunch of books that can provide you with information on how to prepare for interviews and presentations, none go further than Being Geek in providing advice on how to deal with the situations that we pretend don’t exist but are around us everyday.
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