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22 Apr 2009, 03:30
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > Can't wait!)

Thanks guys! Please do let me know how you like the book.

22 Apr 2009, 03:32
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > Much better title!)

I think so too! It fits what I always felt the book’s focus was when I originally wrote it. The updated content makes the book fit the title even better.

22 Apr 2009, 03:33
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > How different is this from the first edition?)

I need to work to come up with a more scientific answer, but I’d say it’s about 20% different. The introduction and ending are new. The “If you can’t beat ‘em” section has been removed and replaced with new content throughout. There are also several contributed essays from people who have inspired me in my career as well.

02 Jun 2009, 20:23
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > Office Presence)

Hi! I’m familiar with the findings you’re talking about. I agree with them. My point isn’t so much that you need to be constantly in the flow of traffic but that you should be accessible and present. I think the happy medium idea is great. I’ve worked effectively in environments where there was a bull-pen plus private areas. It worked really well. I’ve also had success working in a private office. The point isn’t that you should never be alone (that’s obviously not good for getting into the flow state) but that you should be a real human with a face and a personality who is available to pick up the implicit unspoken information and informal but valuable interaction that happens in a face-to-face environment.

11 Sep 2009, 20:06
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > I don't understand what to do for the "Act on it" section of chapter 1 !)

Hi Joseph!

You have it right. The idea is to base this exercise on your own perception of where the market is and to hopefully stretch your understanding of where the market is heading and how you will fit in.

Here is one reader’s example, which I thought was great http://www.naildrivin5.com/daveblog5000/?p=133

Chad

18 Oct 2009, 17:22
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > Out of print at Amazon?)

I believe we’re just waiting on a reprint to reach them.

18 Oct 2009, 17:25
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > Chapter 4: Be the worst)

Hi Lee.

One way is to just watch the activity for a couple of weeks. If you look at each individual commit you’ll start to see where the most activity is happening, what the reasons for changes are, etc. That being said, it is definitely harder to get involved with a big popular fast-moving project like Rails than something smaller and newer.

One option is to pick a Rails-related 3rd party library that you are interested in and help with it initially as opposed to trying to contribute to Rails itself.

Good luck!

18 Oct 2009, 17:26
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > Be prepared to leave)

Nicely said, Steve. It reminds me of some of the ideas from Andy Lester’s Landing the Tech Job You Love book as well.

Chad

13 Oct 2011, 12:03
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from Rails Recipes > Coffeescript)

Thanks for the suggestion. I considered it. Obviously a good idea at least on the surface. My concern was that you can’t really teach an entire language in one recipe and it might come across as not helpful enough. What do you think?

13 Oct 2011, 12:03
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from Rails Recipes > up and down instance methods)

Probably a good idea, thanks!

14 Oct 2011, 12:10
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from Rails Recipes > Coffeescript)

Thanks Bharat!

11 Dec 2011, 15:26
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Chad Fowler (12 posts)

(from Rails Recipes > Recipe 34)

Thanks!!

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