How To Keep Your Job 03 Jun, 2003
OK, so this was posted some time ago, but it's still got to be on every serious coder's reading list (together with a load of other stuff I summarise further down):
I find the current employment situation for developers slightly more encouraging than, say, a year ago, but it still isn't good. And I don't buy this "it's the economy" crap either. Pants to that. OK, so some organisations are cutting right back on their IT spends (more fool them: IT is not a luxury), but for the most part, I'd say companies are just thinking short-term as per usual. I'm talking about those who kick out IT staff in favour of the odd contractor or farming out whole projects to bureaux overseas. In the scenarios I've witnessed or heard about, such steps always smack of false economy. OK, so maybe there's some cheap labour out there, but is it in your timezone? Can you get through on the 'phone??
Sigh. I suppose I would say all this eh?
Anyway, a round-up of on-line essays and wot-not that I've found personally enlightening / inspiring and uplifting as a would-be propeller-head (most linked from this site before):