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This week, we're delighted to have Chad Fowler helping to answer questions about the new book The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development. See table of contents online.

The promotion starts Tuesday, June 23rd 2009 and will end on Friday, June 26th 2009.

We'll be selecting four random posters in this forum to win a free copy of the book provided by the publisher, Pragmatic.

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Welcome Chad Fowler, We hope you will enjoy answering our passionate queries
 
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Chad, you're my hero!

I had to run to the bookstore to buy this book when I saw it mentioned on amazon. I couldn't bear the thought of waiting for amazon to ship it.
It was as good as -- if not better than -- I hoped.

Thanks for writing it!

As an aside - I saw the first edition dozens of times (my job went to India) and it never once occurred to me to even read the back cover and table of contents. Wrapping the book in the positive rather than the double negative (not mediocre) truly made a difference to me.
 
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Welcome Chad Fowler, Hope you'll have a great time here
 
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Katrina Owen wrote:I saw the first edition dozens of times (my job went to India)


Is that a name of a book?
 
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It's the name of the first edition, if I recall correctly. The new name "Passionate Programmer" reflects the contents FAR more accurately!
 
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Chad Fowler, Welcome from "India" :)
 
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Welcome Chad Fowler!
 
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Hey man! Nice book. Welcome.
 
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Welcome Chad! The book looks interesting!

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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Welcome Chad.... And agreed. The book does look interesting.

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Welcome Chad!
 
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Just looking at the table of contents, it looks like this could be just what the doctor ordered. I used to love software development but, I must admit, I don't much anymore. How do you make yourself "have fun" once the passion has left?
 
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Thanks everyone!

Katrina, I really appreciate the kind words and I'm glad the book was useful to you.

For those who are wondering, "The Passionate Programmer" is a 2nd edition of a book originally called "My Job Went to India and All I Got Was This Lousy Book: 52 Ways to Save Your Job". It was meant to be a silly title, but it ultimately was what you could say was one of my own most visible career blunders. The real meaning of the title is that my job went to India and I went with it. Many of the lessons in the book are from the time I spent in India setting up a software development center for a big company.

It sounded like the book was going to be negative and going to play on the fears of those who might lose their jobs in higher cost countries. The truth is that the book has always been not about how to save your job but how to create a remarkable career. How to be awesome. I learned that casting something positive in at all a negative light is a mistake and sends the wrong message to potential readers.

So I stripped all references to offshoring fears, added a bunch of new content (including some great essays by people whose careers inspire me) and renamed the book to give it the proper spirit.

 
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Well very Welcome Chad Will love to read the book. i am really curious about whats wrong with India.. for moving your job from any other country(After all it was the previous title of the book 1st-Edition). Means is it that much bad to having a job in India rather then having a job in anywhere else..!!
Regards
Jeetendra..!!
 
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jeetendra Choudhary wrote:Well very Welcome Chad Will love to read the book. i am really curious about whats wrong with India.. for moving your job from any other country(After all it was the previous title of the book 1st-Edition). Means is it that much bad to having a job in India rather then having a job in anywhere else..!!
Regards
Jeetendra..!!



Oh, there's nothing wrong with India. In fact, if you read the first edition you'll see that I loved living in India. I learned a lot from the people and culture of India. I was sad to leave and I'm always ready to go back.

This is why I renamed the book. Unintentional negative connotation of the title.

Dhanyawad/Naandri/Shukriya!
Chad
 
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Thanks very much Chad for your kind words. Actually i am just a fresher and don't know the industries Standard much. so it may be that working in india is not as comfortable as anywhere else. Just wanna know if it is so. Anyways will surely read the book by Heart.
Thanks & Regards
Jeetendra..!!
 
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Hello Chad!

You gave me an autograph in Rails Summit Latin America 2008 São Paulo hehe

Thanks for helping us!
 
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Oi Leandro!
 
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Welcome Chad!! The title of your book is very interesting and promising.

Devender.
 
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Welcome Chad. Looks like an interesting read and timely one as well.
 
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hi there,
would love to get hold of this book...thanks Chad Fowler for writing it
 
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Chad Fowler wrote:Dhanyawad/Naandri/Shukriya!


As per the JR policy, you need to give an English translation of non English word, and let me do that for you.
Dhanyawad{Hindi}/Naandri{??}/Shukriya{Urdu}
All means "Thank You"
 
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Sagar,

Naandri means saying Thankyou in Tamil. I am glad to know that Chad Fowler knew great ancient yet living language "Tamil".

I havent read the book of chad yet. But the title inspired me and read the reviews of the book in amazon.com. They increased my curiosity to read the book. Hope I can get it soon.

Thank you Chad for such good book.
 
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Alangudi Balaji Navaneethan wrote:Sagar,
Naandri means saying Thankyou in Tamil. I am glad to know that Chad Fowler knew great ancient yet living language "Tamil".


Thanks Alangudi Balaji, I consult some of my friends those who lives in Bangalore, but they were unable to tell whether its Tamil OT Telgu.
 
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Hi Chad,
I read the excerpts of the book on the Internet.Am waiting to lay my hands on the book.Will the book be published in India.
Most authors do that eg. all the Head first Series and many Oreilly books are published in India as gettings books from Amazon can be very expensive (Not sure if they do deliver books outside the US.
Prashant
 
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Prashant Hurria wrote:Hi Chad,
I read the excerpts of the book on the Internet.Am waiting to lay my hands on the book.Will the book be published in India.
Most authors do that eg. all the Head first Series and many Oreilly books are published in India as gettings books from Amazon can be very expensive (Not sure if they do deliver books outside the US.
Prashant



Hi Prashant. I'm not sure if the book will be published in India. It all depends on whether there are Indian publishers who want to pick it up. I hope so
 
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Sagar Rohankar wrote:
As per the JR policy, you need to give an English translation of non English word, and let me do that for you.



Ahh, thanks. Didn't know that policy or I'd have done it myself.

Chad
 
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Welcome Chad. It's indeed an interesting book.
 
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Sagar Rohankar wrote:

Chad Fowler wrote:Dhanyawad/Naandri/Shukriya!


As per the JR policy, you need to give an English translation of non English word, and let me do that for you.
Dhanyawad{Hindi}/Naandri{??}/Shukriya{Urdu}
All means "Thank You"


Thanks Sagar. I figured it was some sort of greeting - I was close . But it's safer to have the translation. And good to know which language they are from. Or at least most of them.
 
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My pleasure
 
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Well its really Nice to know You know these languages. And i wish the book will be published in India. So i can get it soon.
Disparately waiting for its release date.

Thanks & Regards.
Jeetendra..!!
 
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Hi Chad,

I was going thru the table of contents of your book, I want to read it asap.
Thanks for your contribution.

-Himalay
 
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Hi Chad,

Seems very interesting book...Would love to read it ...
I am aware that you are a great artist and I am sure it will be exciting to explore your thoughts and creativity in this book...

 
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Hi, Chad! Hope I win that book.
 
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Hi Chad,

I havent read the book but got a promotional introduction... and I would like to ask you something....

Did you ever feel your JOB would go to India ?

I will agree to the sentence you have mentioned in the introduction about the motivation part

-- Indians work for their families -- now that motivation should work for anybody : ) ....

Would love to read this book... with a more motivational title : )
Regards.
 
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Robin John wrote:
I havent read the book but got a promotional introduction... and I would like to ask you something....

Did you ever feel your JOB would go to India ?



Hey, my job did go to India! I just went with it

Seriously, though, I have never felt that I was in danger of losing my job to a lower-cost alternative. The book is all about how I have set up my career so I don't have that fear.

Robin John wrote:
Would love to read this book... with a more motivational title : )
Regards.



Hopefully the current title is to your liking
 
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