Uncle Cal's Career Advice to Developers
Uncle Cal's Career Advice to Developers
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Uncle Cal's Career Advice to Developers

Last updated on 2016-08-15

About the Book

Cal Evans has been a developer for more than 30 years. He is not a digital native, he is a digital pioneer who helped settle the wild west of the World Wide Web. 

"Uncle Cal's Career Advice for Developers" is the text behind his keynote talk at php [tek] 2017 of the same title. It is a short read in which he gives developers five pieces of advice to ponder when thinking about their career. 

See what others are saying:

"As usual, Cal knocked it out of the park. His career experiences uniquely qualify him to give this kind of talk, and his passion and charisma shines through." - Steve Grunwell "Flawless. Fantastic advice throughout, entertaining and passionate delivery. There's a reason Cal does keynotes at like every conference - awesome stuff. 10/10 "would silently judge again" :)" - James Titcomb

About the Author

Cal Evans
Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We’re using the term “computer” loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC’s.

For the past 15 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux, OSX, and Windows. He has built a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of “management by wandering around”.

These days, when not working with PHP, Cal can be found working on a variety of projects like CoderFaire. He speaks at conferences around the world on topics ranging from technical talks to motivational talks for developers. If you happen to meet him at a conference, don’t be afraid to buy him a shot of Bourbon.

Cal is based in Nashville TN where he is happily married to wife 1.31, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 wonderful kids who were both smart enough not to pursue a job in IT.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Plans are worthless planning is everything
  • Your work will not speak for itself
  • You are responsible for your career
    • Look for interesting and high-profile projects
    • Be a rainmaker
    • Keep a “Me File”
  • The job will never love you back
    • Give Value
    • Get Value
  • Do all for the glory of God
  • Conclusion

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