My Job
Went to India
(MJWTI) is in stock and shipping!

You can order it directly from The Pragmatic Programmers or from any of the major booksellers. It should start arriving in stores shortly.

In his announcement about MJWTI, Dave Thomas says:

        In 52 delightfully written calls-to- action, Chad explains how each
        of us can position ourselves not just to survive, but to prosper in
        the new, flatter world. Most end with an "Act on it!" section,
        suggesting specific actions we can take.

        I'm really proud of this book--in many ways it strikes me as the career
        equivalent of The Pragmatic Programmer.

I think of the entire book as a "call to action". It’s about not letting yourself believe that you have to be a victim of whatever the economy and the "greedy corporations" do to you. It’s about how to take control of your career and play to win—not just to avoid losing. Sure, you can rally, protest, and vote, but don’t let that be your only plan.

MJWTI is set against a backdrop of IT offshoring and the economic shift that’s taking place, but as reviewer Vik Chadha pointed out, it’s not about Americans beating Indians out of jobs or Indians beating Americans. It’s about building things of value and making software developers better.

So don’t expect a pity party. There’s a fair amount of tough love. But hopefully, you’ll find the book rejuvenating:

        I walked away from this book rejuvenated, but it was more than a
        motivational pep talk. These are basics principles that every
        software developer should absorb, and honestly, I wish I had had this
        book before now.

        Each chapter is only several pages long, so you can read this book in
        large or small pieces. I've read it through once as a PDF, but I think
        any serious developer should get a printed copy. I want to be able to
        pick up the book in a week from now, open it to any chapter, and be
        reminded exactly what it is that makes a software developer great.

I sincerely hope and believe that those of you who read the book will find it helpful. I urge you to not only read it but to seriously use it (or steps it inspires) to create your own “Pragmatic Investment Plan”. You might even want to, as Luis de la Rosa is doing, form a study/discussion group to help each other stay on course.

As always, I welcome comments by weblog, discussion forum, or email.

        Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or
        predecessors Try to be better than yourself.
                                                 -- William Faulkner