Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great.

Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great.
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-705967-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-705967-6
  • Copyright 2010
  • Pages: 456
  • Edition: 1st

The Software Insider's Guide to Getting Hired and Getting to the Top!

Here's all the information you need to jumpstart your software career: the best ways to get hired, move up, and blaze your way to the top! The software business has radically changed, and this book reveals today's realities--everything your professors and corporate managers never told you. In his 20 years at IBM as a software architect, senior manager, and lead programmer, Sam Lightstone has briefed dozens of leading companies and universities on careers, new technology, and emerging areas of research. He currently works on one of the world's largest software development teams and spends a good part of his time recruiting and mentoring software engineers. This book shares all the lessons for success Sam has learned--plus powerful insights from 17 of the industry's biggest stars. Want to make it big in software? Start right here!

Discover how to:
  • Get your next job in software development
  • Master the nontechnical skills crucial to your success
  • "Work the org" to move up rapidly
  • Successfully manage your time, projects, and life
  • Avoid "killer" mistakes that could destroy your career
  • Move up to "medium-shot," "big-shot," and finally, "visionary"
  • Launch your own winning software company
Exclusive interviews with:
  1. Steve Wozniak, Inventor, Apple computer
  2. John Schwarz, CEO, Business Objects
  3. James Gosling, Inventor, Java programming language
  4. Marissa Mayer, Google VP, Search Products and User Experience
  5. Jon Bentley, Author, Programming Pearls
  6. Marc Benioff, CEO and founder, Salesforce.com
  7. Grady Booch, IBM Fellow and co-founder Rational Software
  8. Bjarne Stroustrup, Inventor, C++ programming language
  9. David Vaskevitch, Microsoft CTO
  10. Linus Torvalds, Creator, Linux operating system kernel
  11. Richard Stallman, Founder, Free software movement
  12. Peter Norvig, Google's Director of Research
  13. Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Fellow and Windows Architect
  14. Tom Malloy, Adobe Chief Software Architect
  15. Diane Greene, Co-founder and past CEO of VMware
  16. Robert Kahn, Co-inventor, the Internet
  17. Ray Tomlinson, Inventor, email

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I: Fundamentals

Chapter 1: Makin' it Big 2

Chapter 2: What Good Software Is Really About 10

Interview with Marissa Mayer: Google VP and First Lady of Software 23

Chapter 3: School Versus Job 31

Interview with Jon Bentley: Author, Programming Pearls 37

Chapter 4: Mission Impossible? Getting a Job in Software Development 43

Interview with Bjarne Stroustrup: Inventor of the C++ Programming Language 62

Chapter 5: Making the Most of the Early Years as a Software Developer 68

Interview with Richard Stallman: Founder of the Free Software Movement 79

Chapter 6: Essential Skills. Some are Even Technical 84

Interview with Ray Tomlinson: Inventor of Email 100

Chapter 7: The Sweet Science of Software R&D Organizations 110

Interview with Peter Norvig: Google's Director of Research 122

Chapter 8: Career Killers 127

Part II: Leadership

Chapter 9: Working the Org 139

Interview with John Schwarz: CEO, Business Objects 154

Chapter 10: Successful Software Project Proposals 161

Interview with Linus Torvalds: Mr. Linux 170

Chapter 11: Career Advancement 176

Interview with Mark Russinovich: Windows Guru, Microsoft Technical Fellow 192

Chapter 12: Time Management 201

Interview with David Vaskevitch: Microsoft CTO 214

Chapter 13: Avoiding Software Development Overruns 219

Interview with Grady Booch: The Sage of Software Architecture 236

Chapter 14: Zen and the Critical Art of Balance 244

Interview with Tom Malloy: Adobe Chief Software Architect 251

Chapter 15: Secret Insights on Software Project Management 260

Interview with James Gosling: Inventor of the Java Programming Language 281

Chapter 16: The Big Leagues: From Medium-Shot to Big-Shot 288

Part III: Greatness

Chapter 17: Leadership in Software Innovation 306

Interview with Robert Kahn: Co-inventor of the Internet 323

Chapter 18: The Big Leagues: From Big-Shot to Visionary 333

Interview with Steve Wozniak: Inventor of the Apple computer, Co-founder of Apple Inc., Pop icon 352

Chapter 19: If Knew Then What I Know Now 360

Interview with Marc Benioff: CEO, Salesforce.com 369

Chapter 20: Going out on Your Own: The "Software Startup" 379

Interview with Diane Greene: Co-founder and Past CEO of VMware 396

Chapter 21: Compensation: Kuh-ching! 404

Chapter 22: Making It Big? 413

Index 418