Earlier this year, after completing working on a heavy-duty technical book , I said, “Never again. No more books “. But after a short break, I “ve decided to write a small non-technical book discussing an everyday life of an enterprise software developer.
Observing the business side of the corporate software development cycle is pretty interesting activity, and I write about things AS THEY ARE rather then trying to present a pretty picture of IT departments of enterprise giants that are developing bleeding edge software day in and day out.
I “ve gotten OK from the publisher, and here “s a preliminary layout of this book with a working title “The life of an enterprise programmer “:
What this book is about
Part 1: Getting into IT
Do you want your child to be a programmer?
Enrollment in CS and IS majors is on decline
Out of college: catch-22 situation
How to pass a technical interview with flying colors
Interviewing Enterprise developers
Give a second chance
And he hung up during the interview
Part 2. Living in IT
Manage your software development career
Who are these IT contractors, anyway?
Why hire an IT contractor
Will high-paid contractors extinct?
How comfy is your cubicle?
On casual Fridays and a revolution made by women
The Family Life (a.k.a. Corporate Politics)
The Family Budget
Divorce Is Not an Option
Corporate Java Training
Who Is Teaching
Finding Quality Training
Enjoy your technical conference
The cost of attending a technical conference
Increase your visibility
Manage your manager
Self-publishing a book is easier than you think
The world is round
What CIO should know about outsourcing
Ten tips on dealing with offshore developers
Dead souls from overseas
Outsourcing to students
Cultural difference in outsourcing
And Pedro said, “Move over, Ravi! rdquo;
Visiting an offshore training camp for programmers
Once again on outsourcing
Insourcing – the foreign programmers
Welcome to the USA!
How to select a software vendor for your next enterprise project
Another Brick in the wall
What “s your salary?
Working overtime? Poor management!
Is life in startups any different?
SOA, RIA and the Human factor
SOA Ground Up
SOA Top Down
SOA as a burner
Technical Benefits of SOA
To SOA or not to SOA
Making Business Users Happy
Part 3. Getting out of IT
And he was fired
Do not tell me cause it hurts
Thoughts of an aging programmer
My friend is a 72-year old programmer
If you think I “ve missed a topic or would like to share your story that illustrates an interesting, stupid, political, or career aspect of lives of enterprise software developers, just shoot me an email at yfain at sys-con.com.
This book summarizes my personal opinions that were formed during twenty five years of wearing different hats in Enterprise IT and running a small startup. The odds are that you will not agree with all my observations or find some of them rather cynical or even insulting. But this is how I see things today, in 2007, living in the geographical area known as Big Apple.