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The Pragmatic Bookshelf has recently published The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development, (or you can save a few bucks at Amazon). It's the 2nd edition of My Job Went To India, a book I think is a must-read for any programmer.

It was important enough to me that I dedicated an entire category of this blog to discussion about about it, in fact.

The Passionate Programmer book cover

(A disclaimer for you: I read this book as a reviewer and haven't yet made the time to go through the finished product, so some of what I'm about to say may change. That said, I can only imagine that it got better before going to publication, so I don't expect anyone would be disappointed.)

The Passionate Programmer retains that status of being a must-read. It adds a few new chapters and removes a couple of others, but more importantly it changes the framing from the negative view of "save your job" to what My Job Went to India was always really about anyway: "creating a remarkable career in software development."

Here's what I had to say about it for the blurb:
Six short months before I read Chad's book, I was on the verge of changing careers. Through a series of accidents from November to May, I decided not only to stick with software development but to be passionate about it while striving to be great. With a healthy dose of inspiration, the book you're now holding served as a road map for achieving those goals.
It truly is an excellent map that helped me find my way from Quit Town to making the decision to be passionate about hacking and life in general, starting this blog, and striving to leave the realm of the unclean masses in our profession whose exploits we read about so often.

If you read MJWTI and understood the positive aspects of it, this book isn't that important since you know most of it already. I'd have purchased it anyway, but you may feel differently. That's Okay.

However, if you felt you'd be embarrassed if someone saw you holding the first version - or just haven't read it before - I strongly recommend picking up a copy of this version and going through it. Don't just read it though - apply it. At the end of every chunk of advice there is a list of activities that you can perform. Don't just gloss over them; make it a point to actually do some of them.

It's short enough to read through in one or two sittings. But there's enough content in there to keep you busy for a couple of years.

If you've read this book or the 1st edition, what did you think about it? Am I overenthusiastic?

I look forward to covering the new chapters as time allows over the next few weeks. I hope you'll join me in the discussion.

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