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.
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