This was my first time reading this book, and so far, i’ve throughly enjoyed it. Prior to reading the book, I took a stab at what kind of book this would be. Based on the title, i figured that the book will touch base on the qualities of being a person who appreciates their craft. After reading the first two chapters, this book does just that. It explains in details of how one should go about on being professional. One of my favorite lines from the book is on continuous learning.
Would you visit a doctor who did not keep current with medical journals? Would you hire a tax lawyer who did not keep current with the tax laws and precedents? Why should employers hire developers who don’t keep current?
The second chapter touches base with the idea of saying “no” in the workforce. When you are first starting out, you want to excel and meet every expectations and demands that are laid out by your boss. You do so by doing your work to the best of your ability, but when you are given a project with a lot of features to include and you know that father time is not on your side, it’s hard to say no. You end up saying “yes” just to keep everyone happy. By everyone, you mean everyone, but you. This then could result in you being burnt out and have completed it(but did a crappy job), or more commonly, you’re boss and the customer isn’t very happy because you promised x, y and z, but could only deliver x. It’s important to say no, because it could prevent all of the headaches and unwanted meetings with angry customers wondering why something isn’t finished.