Alan Francis is a long time
industry veteran and agile development guru. I met him several years ago
when he was my team’s coach at Object mentor’s XP Immersion
(taught by Robert Martin, Ron Jeffries, and Kent Beck).
The book is, in my head at least, a companion volume to Pragmatic Programmer. PragProg gave a list of concrete advice for programmers to improve their programming. MJWTI (as the new book is affectionately known) gives a list of good concrete advice for programmer to improve everything else that makes them employable.
This isn’t the first comparison between My Job Went to
India and The Pragmatic
Programmer that I’ve heard, and I hope it won’t be the
last. Since reading it in 2000, The Pragmatic Programmer has been on my
short list of books I recommend to every programmer I work with, because
being a programmer and not having read it is a crime. It just has
too much to offer the average programmer to go unread.
If MJWTI can help as many people in as profound a way, the investment will
have been well worth it to me.
There are now sample chapters available, and
the book can be pre-ordered (the PDF ships now, and the paper copy
ships at the end of this month). I’d love to hear your thoughts as
you read it (even just the sample chapters). Don’t be shy.