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Life of A Programmer — Session 4.3– How Can You Become More Skilled Than Your Fellow employees.

May 22, 2018

PRINCIPLE 2: KEEP A WRITTEN DAILY LOG

Keep an accurate written log of your activities.

This log should contain the beginning and end time
for each activity.

This log should briefly define the activity and its
results.

Where appropriate, the log should reference particular
sections of your plan.

The “Weight of The Evidence” is always valuable in any
progress report.

You will always be able to show management your current
status at any time.

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Life of A Programmer — Session 4.2 — How can you become more skilled than your fellow employees.

May 15, 2018

PRINCIPLE 1: WRITE AND EXECUTE A PLANPRINCIPLE 1: WRITE AND EXECUTE A PLAN

In many companies, when a new major task is assigned, the
responsible software engineer will be asked to make a plan.

This plan will be presented to management and the senior
programmers for their comments and criticism.

In most cases, this plan will become obsolete and forgotten
with the first software development keystroke.

To become more valuable in the eyes of management, you must
strictly execute the plan that you have prepared.

It can be done and you will learn how to plan your tasks much
better than anyone else

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Life of A Programmer — Session 4.1 — How can you become more skilled than your fellow employees.

May 8, 2018

You were recently employed as a software developer in a major software engineering company.

You have a family that needs the financial resources that your job provides.

You need to reduce the risk of layoff and increase the probability of a raise.

Your needs are more likely to be met if you adopt the following four principles.

PRINCIPLE 1: WRITE AND EXECUTE A PLAN

PRINCIPLE 2: KEEP A WRITTEN DAILY LOG

PRINCIPLE 3: MAKE SMALL SELF-DOCUMENTING SOURCE FILES.

PRINCIPLE 4: ACCEPT NO VERBAL ORDERS

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Life of A Programmer — Session 3.3 — But You Have a Challenging Software Engineering Job.

May 1, 2018

Around 1975, the employee / employer relations began to change.

Employer / Employee loyalty diminished with each passing year.

Job Seekers with many employers on their resumes were favorably considered.

Everyone effectively became a “temporary employee”.

Currently, you are upper-middle class. However, your future is not certain.

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Life of A Programmer — Session 3.2 — But You Have a Challenging Software Engineering Job.

April 24, 2018

Let me present to you the long term history on employee / employer relations.

I joined the Lockheed California Company in 1961.

At this time, there was a strong loyalty between employers and employees.

Employees were expected to stay with their employer for their entire career.

Employers were expected to keep their employees for their entire careers.

Job Seekers with more than several employers on their resume were not favorably considered.

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Life of A Programmer — Session 3.1 — But You Have a Challenging Software Engineering Job.

April 17, 2018

You have a challenging job with a great software engineering company.

You have a software engineering degree from an excellent university.

Financially, you are upper-middle class.

You have a nice house in a upper-class neighborhood.

Your feel that your future is certain.

I beg to disagree. If you can accurately predict the future, you are in the wrong business.

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Life of A Programmer — Session 2.2 — But You Have a BS Degree in Software Engineering

April 10, 2018

A College Education does not qualify you to be truly a “software engineer”?!

Your degree was granted to you when you successfully completed a set of classes.

Each class is basically a reward / punishment training process.

You satisfy the instructor, you get a good grade.

For all intents in purposes, you cannot become more skilled than the instructor.

To do so usually means that you are not using the techniques that he is teaching.

Disagreeing with the instructor usually does not result in good grades.

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Life of A Programmer — Session 2.1 — But You Have a BS Degree in Software Engineering

April 3, 2018

Are you a truly a software engineer or are you just “doing it”?

You have a BS degree in IT and graduated with a A- grade point average.

Your academic performance is very important to your career.

It helped you to get employment with a great company.

It prepared you to do some important software engineering tasks.

Unfortunately, It does not qualify you to be truly a “software engineer”.

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Life of A Programmer — Session 1.3 — Are You A Software Engineer?

March 27, 2018

I used to know a software engineer who did not just “do it” at work.

He had significant personal accounting difficulties.

He occasionally would use hexadecimal numbers on the checks that he wrote.

Most assuredly, software engineering defined him as a person.

So I will again repeat my question. Are you a software engineer?

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Life of A Programmer — Session 1.2 — Are You A Software Engineer?

March 20, 2018

Are you a software engineer? This sounds like a really stupid question!

How can a person with a college degree in I.T not be a software engineer?

A software engineer is a person who is defined by software engineering.

A software engineer does not just “do it” at work.

So I will repeat my question. Are you a software engineer?

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