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I'm writing a book for junior developers!

Isaac Lyman on March 09, 2019

Update: Over 80 people have offered their help with this project. Thank you so much, everyone! It really makes me proud to be a member of the dev.t...
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Ben Halpern

Amazing! Good luck, I will definitely consider pitching in, but I’m pretty busy these days so can’t commit to anything.

One total hypothetical, maybe DEV could be a publisher of this book in some way? We’ll help boost it either way but I feel like this is something we could help a ton at each stage of the journey if we were officially part of it. Just a random thought, might not make sense.

cc: @jess @peter

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Isaac Lyman Author

I would love to have DEV as a partner/publisher on this. I'm committed to keeping it free for devs of limited means, but otherwise I'm flexible on terms.

I'm sure you've written a few things already that would be a great fit--no need to come up with something completely new. I'll go through your posts later and see what stands out, maybe you can do the same. If I can get a markdown doc, I'll handle the editing and layout from there.

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Ben Halpern

I'm pretty certain we'd be pretty much 100% aligned in this vision. I wouldn't have mentioned it otherwise. I doubt there'd be much disagreement at all.

Absolutely no pressure if you change your mind. But we'll have a great platform to promote this and I think the simplest way to make our help work is if we had an explicitly defined partnership of sorts, something we can work out the details of if my cofounders are on board 😄

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Isaac Lyman Author

Count me in! You've got my email, talk to your cofounders and let's discuss this soon. I'm really excited about the possibilities.

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Ben Halpern

Cool, we'll touch base early this work week.

In the meantime, good luck with it all. As this thread picks up steam I think we'll get a lot of initial momentum on pulling it together. 🙂

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yucer

Maybe you can make every content an article here, and generate the book automatically from here.

So the book can evolve by just updating the articles in the web site.

Also the generated book can have some link (ebook version) or qrcode (hard copy) that references to the correspondent article in the website so that anybody can quickly provide feedback and comments.

It would be some kind of capability of the site to select posts and generate books that can serve any one.

Your book can be the first experience.

That is good because according to the review the website can contact possible authors and propose those compilations estimating the audience even before compiling the book.

I guess it would be the first feature of this website that no other similar website provides.

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Glenn Carremans

This is amazing! I wish I read more programming books during my studies and at the beginning of my career 2 years ago. I have recently started reading Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship and have already learned a lot from it.

I think I am still a little too "junior" to be of any help with your book.
I would love to be a beta reader, I am sure there will be lots of useful tips that I can use.

For the "Do I fit in?" chapter you mentioned that you are not the right person for that chapter, what is the type of person you are looking to write this?

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I think being junior is an advantage in many ways, as a beta reader or a contributor. I'd be happy to hear any ideas you have.

For "Do I fit in?" the best stories would come from people who don't fit the "tech bro" stereotype. Anyone who's a minority in this industry due to race, sex, gender identity, culture, language, or religion, for example. Although I'd welcome stories from almost anyone who's felt out of place or unwelcome in tech because of who they are.

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Glenn Carremans

For sure sign me up as a beta reader 😉
I would love to contribute, maybe something about learning/improving by contributing to open source (even if it is out of your comfort zone).

Then I am also not the right person for that, I think I am out of the box "tech bro" stereotype as you called it.

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Isaac Lyman Author

That's a great idea! Write it up and send it my way.

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Glenn Carremans

Is there any timeframe for this?
Also if it is going to be a chapter in your book do you have any "requirements" for example text length? I don't think this will be a big chapter, but I will try to include some personal experiences.

An other subject, I still haven't forgotten about TonsilText. Your last comment on Github about maybe publishing it triggered my interest.

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Timeframe: hoping to publish this summer if not sooner.

No length requirements, just needs to express a complete thought and be somewhat professional. The smallest chapters could be a page or so.

Publishing TonsilText is still on my to-do-someday list, though I may never actually get around to it. 😣

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Glenn Carremans

I have actually used TonsilText, on a party where talking was a little difficult because of the loud music. 😂

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Shannon Crabill

This sounds like the book I wish I had 5 years ago. I'd love to contribute. I'll be reaching out.

Thinking aloud, Keziyah of Juniors in Tech may be a good resource to reach out too as a possible co-author/avenue to promote—her newsletter content is great.

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jen chan

👋🏻👋🏻 I have some writing experience, and I’m in a confessional mode after two years. Wouldn’t mind contributing, wouldn’t mind not!

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Isaac Lyman Author

Your writing here has been awesome. I'm all ears, Jen--any old posts or new ideas you want to pitch for inclusion, let's talk about em.

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jen chan

Couldn’t figure out how to DM from my iPad, was just gonna say I’m not sure how I’d answer to an article called “Do I fit in?”
But I guess I could write one “On Fitting In”

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Isaac Lyman Author

Sounds great! You can always DM me on Twitter or email me (book@isaaclyman.com) if you have any questions.

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Connor Ocampo

I would be interested in contributing to the “Do I fit in?” chapter. Specifically I’d like to address anyone who identifies as LGBT and maybe how to go about including these things in a portfolio. Lmk 🙂

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Isaac Lyman Author

Awesome! Send me an email, book@isaaclyman.com. We'll make it happen.

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Christina Gorton

I'd be interested in talking to you more about possibly writing a chapter or just sending in a story for the imposter syndrome section 😊 I went to my first dev job and quickly realized I didn't know much at all. Could also possibly discuss working remotely as a new dev.

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Isaac Lyman Author

I love it! Any or all of the above would be welcome. Shoot me an email at book@isaaclyman.com and we'll talk. 😀

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James Turner

Would love to chip in where I can - sounds like it could be a great resource for junior developers.

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Isaac Lyman Author

Awesome! Send me an email and I'll sign you up.

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James Turner

Done! 😁

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blessedcyprian

Great one, but your question depend on the idea of the writter because i believe you have something in mind about the question but if so it will be a team idea so that they can come up with a great answer

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Isaac Lyman Author

ATTENTION CONTRIBUTORS

If you've emailed me to participate in this project, there is an email in your inbox right now with more details! If it's gone to your Spam box, please mark it Not Spam. I'm excited to work with all of you!

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Theofanis Despoudis

I would love to write a section but I could weave off the percentage profits for now. Maybe if the book becomes very popular we can write another one or make a series and revisit the profit share. What do you think?

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Isaac Lyman Author

If you guest-write a chapter, a share of the profits is yours whether you want it or not 🙃. I'd be happy to donate it to a worthy cause in your name though.

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yucer

Also from the many books that I have read I have learned that all of them include a practical experience.

I guess it would be good to provide a chapter of how to make the simplest application on every language and tech.

It would be good that the same use case is described first and then the experts on every contribute with their implementation. So that learners can have a template bootstrap app according to the topic they are interested.

Every of those templates can be a repo in github.

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Desi

I sent an email (and got a response!) last night, but just want to reiterate again how awesome and exciting this project is!

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Michael

That's great. I'm waiting for your book. Good luck

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John Angel

Hi Isaac, this is a great initiative thanks!
I'm in progress to enter the SW Dev arena again and would love to help as a Beta reader!

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Isaac Lyman Author

Hi John! Send me an email and I'll sign you up.

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Sky

Man i am very much looking forward to this :)

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Levi ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ

Oh man I would love to help with this!!

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Isaac Lyman Author

Awesome! Let's get in touch, I'd love to have you on board.

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Israel Muñoz

I'm in for beta reader!

Are you considering translating it? I could also help with a Spanish version if you're interested.

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Isaac Lyman Author

Yeah! I'll DM you on Twitter.

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Aviv Kotek

Nice! mailed you

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chenge

Can I read it free? :)

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Isaac Lyman Author

Of course! You'll set whatever price you can afford.

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Amruta Ranade

This looks awesome! I would love to be a beta reader. Let me know how I can help :)

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Isaac Lyman Author

Great! Email me at book@isaaclyman.com and I'll add you to my list.

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yucer

I guess a section for selecting the tools is needed. How to choose your operating system, the editors, version control, code comparison, comunication tools, etc.

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Danielle Shwed

I’d be interested in contributing as a writer!

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Isaac Lyman Author

That sounds great! Send me an email and we'll make it happen.

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Cesar Mostacero

Awesome initiative Isaac.
I would like to contribute to this if possible as co-author.

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Isaac Lyman Author

Cool! Send me an email and we'll make it happen.

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Susan Justin Solomon

Intresting..but how soon you want the content?

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Isaac Lyman Author

First drafts by end of March, I think. Send me an email and we'll go from there.