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How remarkable a career would be after reading The Passionate Programmer?

Hong Anderson
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The Passionate Programmer is about creating a remarkable career in software development.
But I wonder how remarkable?

Chad, could you please to be more specific or give some concrete examples that what were you expecting about this book?


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Ulf Dittmer
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It'll be as remarkable as you can make it. There are no silver bullets for a career, so while external advice (like from a book) can be helpful, ultimately it's still up to you to apply it (and yourself) wisely.


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Hong Anderson
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I interest only in context of this book.

Every book can be advertised whatever authors/publishers want, but I want to hear some concrete evidences, not just advertising words. And some words like "remarkable" is very subjective, I want to know what exactly the author means by remarkable, and how remarkable the author expects the book would help the readers to achieve.
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The path to career success vary from individual to individual. We all have different strengths, weaknesses, objectives, goals, etc.


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Chad Fowler
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Kengkaj, you're right that "remarkable" varies from person to person. I don't mind that fact for my book, really.

For me, "remarkable" means "something worth remarking on". I think of it the same way Seth Godin defines the Purple Cow. Something that stands out from the crowd in a good way.

For me and my career, that has meant doing work with people who are smarter than me and often times the people from whose books and code I learned some of the most fundamental and important parts of programming. It has meant not only working with cutting edge technology but working on cutting edge technology---making the stuff I use and that thousands of other developers use. It means being up close and personal with the real "rock star" programmers and being constantly humbled by them and informed by their knowledge and talent. It means traveling the world, being location-independent, having a lot of time to do research and learn. It means being able to interact with other developers world-wide on a large scale.

My goal with the book is to teach other developers how to have the same kind of freedom and satisfaction that I've gotten from my career so far.

I can't guarantee that you will experience a remarkable career just because you read it, but I can tell you that the techniques and ideas in the book are responsible for making my career what it is and for many of my colleagues and acquaintances' careers as well.

Hope that helps,
Chad


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Hong Anderson
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Many thanks, Chad. Your book is getting more and more interesting to me .
 
 
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