The Ultimate Sam Atkinson Collection
The Ultimate Sam Atkinson Collection
About the Bundle
Absolutely all of my books available as one big collection. Please note that the books are of varying degrees of completion, from Java Interview Bootcamp (100%) to What Developers Can Learn From Astronauts (currently 0%). All books will be completed and the price of the inidividual books, and this bundle, will go up accordingly!
Words From A Java Developer
Right now I’m very fortunate to be on sabbatical from work for a year, travelling around the world (right now I’m in a teepee in Bolivia). Like pretty much everyone who works, I was permanently exhausted. It took me about 3 months off work travelling and relaxing until my brain kicked in again and said “I’m bored now, I need a challenge”.
I was very fortuitous at that time to get an email from DZone.com who were searching for new Zone Leaders. The task is simple; writing a few articles a week and syndicating (e.g. reading and resubmitting) blogs into the system. This forced me to get my tech brain back on again, and even better it forced me to start blogging regularly which I’d always struggled with in the past. It helps that DZone guarantees and audience!
This book is a collection of these posts from the start of my DZone career. They cover everything from Core Java and Agile to Book Reviews and Humour posts. I think it makes an interesting read across a spectrum of different topics. There’s no implicit order, so jump around the book to the chapters you find interesting.
Java Interview Bootcamp
The practical guide to the Java interview process
A few years ago I started interviewing for a new developer role. I hadn't done an interview in over 5 years and despite being a pretty darn good developer I found that I was really struggling. I can design and build an awesome system, but if I couldn't remember the Big O for a bubble sort then it meant I didn't get the job.
This was immensely frustrating but it happened time and time again, whether it be esoteric JVM flags or the design of TreeMap, I kept getting hit with questions which just didn't come up in the real world as a developer. The simple fact is most Java interviews ask questions unrelated to the real world of Java development.
You can be the best developer in the world but if you don't prepare for an interview you won't get the job.
I then discovered quickly that the internet had zero good resources. Sure there were plenty of of lists of Java interview questions, but they were all one sentence answers. Real interviews deep dive through design and implementation questions. It was terrible!
Through a combination of a lot of textbooks and internet searching I managed to get myself prepared enough to start getting job offers. But I never wanted to have to go through that process of crawling through terrible adsense spam pages to find the information I needed to get a new job. So, I started writing down everything I learnt and created Java Interview Bootcamp so you don't have to go through what I did.
Java Interview Bootcamp goes through all of the core Java concepts in great detail with diagrams and code samples. Instead of stupid one line answers, each topic is written around real interview questions that I use when I'm interviewing people to come work for my team.
Having the knowledge is only part of the problem though- you need soft skills to do well in an interview. It's amazing when people come to interview for a job on my team and they're quiet, even hostile towards my colleagues and I. Making a great impression is just as important as knowing the answers to the questions. As a result, Java Interview Bootcamp has a dedicated section about soft skills- phone interviews, face-to-face, pair programming, and even how to make your CV stand out in the crowd.
I'm immensely proud of JIB- I get regular emails from candidates who are now starting their new job thanks to this book. Here is one of my favourite emails from the inbox:
"I have been interviewing for more than 2 years, I always faced a huge problem, there is too much information scattered everywhere and no good single place review the basics, so after finding your site I purchased Java Interview Bootcamp, and l really like it
Not only did it talk about and demonstrate the concepts I needed, it was clear and precise.
Your book gave me confidence and given a clear path on how to succeed.
The end result, I am closing out one offer and I'm at the final round with another company"
So, if you're ready to be the best prepared candidate in the process then grab the book now!
Buy now and you will get instant access to the bonus materials:
- Free Junior and Senior example Java resumes for you to copy and be inspired from
- An example interview with full solution PDF
- A free online resume website design for you to download and use.
The two bibles that any Java developer should have on their desk are Clean Code and Essential Java. Whilst these are wonderful books, they still have problems. Firstly, they are now showing their age. We’re well into the lifespan of Java 8 and there is still no single resource pointing us to how to write great clean code with the new paradigm that is upon us. Further, particularly with Essential Java, the material is very very dry. You’re never going to remember the 80 or so points in full detail to apply to your code. It’s great as a reference, but there needs to be something else.
Beautiful Java is a strongly opinionated book on what good Java code looks like in the modern day, taken from my years of experience of experience working on enterprise applications. Some of these opinions are not new and will tie in with the general consensus. Others may appear controversial on first site, but I have witnessed over a variety of codebases with a lot of other colleagues how they can directly attribute to a code base that is easy to understand and maintain over a long period of time.
This book is also designed to be easy to read. It is not a book that will dive into the nuances of the JVM and bore you with a million edge cases. It is designed as a clear guide to approaching application design and coding. A good dollop of common sense is required when applying these to your day to day applications.
Thank you for taking the time to read. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
Career Development is not end of year reviews from HR and lofty action plans which are swiftly ignored. Many developers are happy to keep their head down and just keep coding. Whilst there’s nothing inherently wrong with this it is guaranteed to lead to a stagnant career without opportunities. This book is for developers who are smart enough to know that they must take ownership of their own careers and offers a specific roadmap to move to becoming a senior developer and dev lead or team leader, depending on preference.
This is a book full of actionable advice. The intent isn’t to read it and go “that’s nice”- it’s to read it and be able to put the recommendations into practice straight away. This advice isn’t just coming from my experience, but that of the ten senior developers at companies such as Google, a number of leading financial firms and a variety of other companies. This makes the book language and specialty agnostic.
If you’re ready to become a better developer and a better employee, then start reading now.
What Developers Can Learn From Astronauts
There is a surprising amount of crossover between sending people to space and writing software programs. Over decades the space agencies have built up an incredible way of working whilst delivering great things on small budgets (sound familiar?). In this talk you will learn what astronauts are doing better than us, and how we can incorporate that into the way we write and maintain systems.
As developers we are constantly trying to improve the way we build systems and work as a team. Agile, Devops and Lean are all frameworks to help us be better developers and write better systems, but it still seems to be a constant struggle.
Commander Chris Hadfield is a bona fide astronaut, test pilot and rocket scientist and commanded the International Space Station for 3 months, making waves back on earth with his cover of Bowie’s Space Oddity. On returning he has written a book about everything he’s learnt on his journey to becoming an astronaut. You’ll be surprised by how much of it applies to our jobs. Application development should be easy- it isn’t rocket science.
You will learn:
- How Russia represents DevOps and Lean development compared to waterfall America
- How to create robust systems by thinking “What could kill me next?”
- How astronauts make amazing teams, and how to apply that in the real world.
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