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I'm not a developer or an engineer, but enjoy computers, technology, and other geek-related things. Just reading the cover, I figured this book wouldn't have a whole lot to offer me. I was wrong.
The book is full of useful and helpful information for anyone who's mind is more geek related than other's. I found that I am more of a geek than I ever realized, that I have a more linear concept of things and want to know WHY, which really put me into the geek category. I now understand why staff meetings are so difficult for me, as they're currently run, why I have trouble talking with others in my team, and the best ways for me to counteract those issues between us.
The book itself is a collection of chapters, each of which are useful in and of themselves. You don't have to read the whole book in sequence, you don't even have to read the whole book! I found that each chapter had something I could easily use, information that really made sense to me, and it also helped me to relate better to my other, even more geeky, friends. I've been recommending this book to anyone who is either a geek or knows a geek, those looking for a job or just wanting to progress in their current career. There are a lot of no-nonsense tips in here, which makes it a great tool for anyone.
I've read reviews that were disappointed, because they were familiar with Lopp's blog - Rands in Repose - and are upset that he wasn't more original in the book. Having never read his blog, I don't know how it compares to that information. All I know is that I really enjoyed this book and it's already rewarding me with the tips I learned while reading. Definitely a worthwhile investment.
More About the Author
Rands is the pen name and alter ego of Michael Lopp (born 1970 in California), a webcomic author, software engineering manager, and blogger.
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