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Letters to a New Developer

What I Wish I Had Known When Starting My Development Career

Apress

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  • Collection of easy-to-digest letters from real developers focusing on the soft skills needed for success

  • Presents real-world mistakes that developers have made, along with suggestions on how to avoid them

  • Multiple reflections on the same skill (writing, asking questions, learning a new technology)

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  • ISBN: 978-1-4842-6074-6
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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Your First Month

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 1-13
  3. Questions

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 15-32
  4. Writing

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 33-51
  5. Tools to Learn

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 53-75
  6. Practices

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 77-103
  7. Understanding the Business

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 105-121
  8. Learning

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 123-146
  9. Mistakes

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 147-160
  10. Your Career

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 161-197
  11. Community

    • Dan Moore
    Pages 199-210
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 211-215

About this book

Learn what you need to succeed as a developer beyond the code. The lessons in this book will supercharge your career by sharing lessons and mistakes from real developers. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to learn from others’ career mistakes? “Soft” skills are crucial to success, but are haphazardly picked up on the job or, worse, never learned. Understanding these competencies and how to improve them will make you a more effective team member and a more attractive hire.

This book will teach you the key skills you need, including how to ask questions, how and when to use common tools, and how to interact with other team members. Each will be presented in context and from multiple perspectives so you’ll be able to integrate them and apply them to your own career quickly.

You will:

  • Know when the best code is no code
  • Understand what to do in the first month of your job
  • See the surprising number of developers who can’t program
  • Avoid the pitfalls of working alone


Keywords

  • development
  • career
  • advice
  • developer experience
  • developer relations

Authors and Affiliations

  • Boulder, USA

    Dan Moore

About the author

Dan Moore has over 20 years of experience as a developer. His roles have included employee, contractor, community member, engineering manager, and CTO. He currently leads developer advocacy at FusionAuth, a Denver company, building software to handle authentication, authorization, and user management for any app. In 2018, Dan started a blog exclusively focused on helping new developers “level up” and has published over 150 posts to help them improve their skills and avoid common mistakes. He resides in Boulder, CO. You can find him on Twitter at @mooreds.


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook
USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4842-6074-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)