Developer's Journey vs other books

January 6, 2016 · Book Developer's Journey

Book Stack

Soft Skills from Jon Sonmez

A while back, I started listening to the Entreprogrammers podcast in which the developer and entrepreneur Jon Sonmez performs a weekly update with three other "entreprogrammers" (I really recommend the podcast bytheway).

Jon wrote a book called Soft Skills which at first sounded a lot like my Developer's Journey. Fortunately, Jon tackles quite different topics. Here's part of the book's abstract:

John Sonmez addresses a wide range of important "soft" topics, from career and productivity to personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships, all from a developer-centric viewpoint

I listened to the audiobook and confirm that, if it is indeed a very interesting and captivating book, it has little overlap with Developer's Journey.

The passionate programmer from Chad Fowler

I interviewed Amitai Schlaier - author of the Agile in 3 minutes podcast - right before christmas.

In the discussion, Amitai pointed me out to a blog post of Chad Fowler called Who I Want to Hire, which starts like this:

There’s a person I want to work with. I can’t find this person. I’ve literally searched the world, and I can hardly find a trace. I’m not talking about someone specific. In fact, that’s the problem. I’m talking about a set of traits and an attitude which is more scarce than I realized until recently...

The list of traits he makes comprise tenacity, fun, attitude, communication, focus, methodology, effectiveness etc. This list has a great overlap with Developer's Journey.

Following on Chad's work, I discovered that he expanded this list into a book called The passionate programmer, which overlap even more with Developer's Journey. I just started reading it to see to which extend...

Does this change anything for Developer's Journey? Well maybe... I don't know yet. But it certainly drive me back to thinking about the target audience and the goals of the book once again... which in itself isn't a bad point anyway. But there sure is enough space for two in there...

Any idea which angle could be interesting here? Both in terms of marketing position and content?

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