About the Books
Written from scratch and packed with advice from real-world experiences, career.fork() is a hit-the-ground-running guide for developers wanting to be their own boss.
This 150-page title combines author Steve Jalim's experience as a respected, trusted independent developer (and many years before that as a freelance journalist) with relevant advice drawn from his professional network of smart fellow hackers.
READERS GET FREE STUFF! The latest release includes the start of the "Deals Directory" - no-strings, no-kickbacks discounts and deals on services which new freelancers will find handy, from award-winning accoutancy software to quality business cards. It all helps you go from zero to own-boss quicker than you think.
What people are saying about it
"I learned something on every page" @pete_naish
"Fantastic book; read this a year after starting and it still has some great tips to abide by" DM
"This is a well-written book packed with priceless information for those intending to make a career as a freelance developer. I wished I paid more for it!" KM
"Marvelous book. Light read, full of useful info. Heartily recommended for everyone who is thinking about freelancing or has already taken the leap." ST
"A really interesting book about freelancing. Recommended if you're thinking about it." @pyriku
"Really impressive. I wish I'd had it when I first started freelancing." @prydie
"Read a nice e-book about starting out as a freelancer by @stevejalim" @redskyforge
"For anyone thinking about doing the freelance thing, check out this gem of a book" @madteckhead
What's in it?
It covers a heap of key topics: from striking out on your own to keeping clients happy; from managing your finances to winning new work; from avoiding bad gigs to perfecting your work/life balance and lots, lots more.
The current version available is v0.9, with the plan that relevant feedback will be worked in before the book hits v1.0. And because this is Leanpub, when you buy v0.9, you'll get those updates for free. So if you're reading the book and feel like there's some more detail you want it to contain, ask Steve and he'll happily look into it.
How to Do What You Love & Earn What You’re Worth as a Programmer
Reg "Raganwald" Braithwaite has been working as a professional software developer since 1986, in roles ranging from Sorceror's Apprentice to Vice-President, Development. This fashionably slim book collects his very best essays about finding and building success as a professional software developer (34 pages).
I read @raganwald's "Do what you love" eBook in a single sitting. Purchase and read it if you haven't already.—Karthik Hariharan, @hkarthink
...Best freelance advice i ever got was from @raganwald 10 years ago, at Starbucks: "Some people aren't qualified to be your clients"—Derek Martin
Manufactured from nearly 100% recycled blog posts.
Why programmers work at night
What readers are saying
"My mum needs to read this book!" ~ Cubox
"Great book. Not my usual cup of tea but never the less it made me sad I don't have more time to read it every time I had to put it down. It is well written and funny remarks keep you glued to it. I literally LOL'd few times :) So if you are a programmer or live with a one be sure to read this book. It will teach you some new stuff for certain." ~ Danguba
"My girlfriend loved your book!" ~ @janhancic
"Can't wait for this book to be finished! Programmers rock, night-time rocks (although I've been shifting into the early-morning more frequently for some reason), and I'm a big fan of biographical works. :)" ~ Amarand Agassi
"Very interesting book. I never gave the idea of the "flow" much thought until now. As a programmer myself, I would love to master the flow of programming" ~ szahn
"Just bought your book and provided my github data. Nice initiative ! I'm gonna start reading it tonight... :)" ~ Remco Ross
"Just read your book and loved it. Made me feel normal again. Also, I found plenty of good advice in it." ~ Matjaž Drolc
Watch the talk
At Webcamp Zagreb in December 2012 I gave a talk about the book. Watch it here: http://2012.webcampzg.org/swizec-teller-why-programmers-code-at-night/
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Why readers love this book
People who work at night get used to being called lazy slobs by their bosses and loved ones despite being more productive that way. The early bird does not always catch the worm, sometimes it meets a cat.
Why programmers work at night talks about the flow of programming, why it's easier to achieve at night and what programmers need to feel productive and keep their sanity. If you live with a programmer this book will teach you how to keep them happy, if you're a programmer yourself it will show you how to get your best work done at any time of the day, be it day or night. It will also help you avoid being That Guy when you're working with other programmers. Nobody wants to be That Guy.
This book has been based on personal experience, interviewing other programmers, and research of psychology, nutrition and related topics. Everything mentioned in the book has worked either for myself, somebody I trust, or shown to make sense in a trial. All three when at all possible.