[Pharo-project] Have started an independent developer activity - Thank you

Mariano Martinez Peck marianopeck at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 13:46:43 CEST 2011

Congrats Laurent. I hope you can succeed!  Remember that business is also
part of the community. There are a lot of several companies held by guys in
our community (also using Smalltalk). You, companies, should talk and do
business together :)



On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM, Sven Van Caekenberghe <sven at beta9.be>wrote:

> On 09 Apr 2011, at 09:34, laurent laffont wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I discovered Smalltalk and Pharo almost three years ago and just after
> read Chad Fowler book "Passionate Programmer" (1st edition title was "My job
> went to India"). These have changed my developer life, how I perceive
> software and that great technology is fun, people doing it more. You're a
> cool community and I'm proud to be there.
> >
> > Now I've started an aside (paid :) independent developer activity thanks
> to a cool guy. That would not be possible without all the stuff I learn
> every day from the community and the urge to continue you give me.
> Great for you Laurent, you absolutely deserve, I wish you success.
> > Each time I've made a step forward (open a blog, write ProfStef, fix
> bugs, create PharoCasts) I've been amazed that the generated effects were
> those described in Passionate Programmer (go read it !) The last chapter is
> "Go independent" so now I need the sequel ;)
> >
> > Special big thank you to Stéphane Ducasse - you're crazy :) Long live
> Pharo !
> >
> >
> > PS: nice piece of Passionate Programmer:
> >
> > When I was in India weeding through hundreds of candidates for only
> > tens of jobs, the interview team was exhausting itself and running out
> > of time because of a poor interview-to-hire hit rate. Heads hurting and
> > eyes red, we held a late-night meeting to discuss a strategic change in
> the
> > way we would go through the candidates. We had to either optimize the
> > process so we could interview more people or somehow interview better
> > people (or both). With what little was left of my voice after twelve
> straight
> > hours of trying to drag answers out of dumbstruck programmers, I argued
> > for adding Smalltalk to the list of keywords our headhunters were using
> > to search their résumé database. But, nobody knows Smalltalk in India,
> cried
> > the human resources director. That was my point. Nobody knew it, and
> > programming in Smalltalk was a fundamentally different experience than
> > programming in Java. The varying experience would give candidates a
> > different level of expectations, and the dynamic nature of the Smalltalk
> > environment would reshape the way a Java programmer would approach
> > a problem. My hope was that these factors would encourage a level of
> > technical maturity that I hadn’t been seeing from the candidates I’d met
> so
> > far.
> > The addition of Smalltalk to the requirements list yielded a candidate
> pool
> > that was tiny in contrast to our previous list. These people were
> diamonds
> > in the rough. They really understood object-oriented programming. They
> > were aware that Java isn’t the idealistic panacea it’s sometimes made out
> > to be. Many of them loved to program! Where have you been for the past
> two
> > weeks? we thought.
> > Unfortunately, our ability to attract these developers for the salaries
> we
> > were able to pay was limited. They were calling the shots, and most of
> > them chose to stay where they were or to keep looking for a new job.
> > Though we failed to recruit many of them, we learned a valuable recruit-
> > ing lesson: we were more likely to extend offers to candidates with
> diverse
> > (and even unorthodox) experience than to those whose experiences were
> > homogenous. My explanation is that either the good people seek out
> > diversity, because they love to learn new things, or being forced into
> alien
> > experiences and environments created more mature, well-rounded soft-
> > ware developers. I suspect it’s a little of both, but regardless of why
> it
> > works, we learned that it works. I still use this technique when looking
> > for developers.
> Nice story, very true here as well, developers with broad interests are
> better, but there are not many of them.
> > Laurent Laffont - @lolgzs
> >
> > Pharo Smalltalk Screencasts: http://www.pharocasts.com/
> > Blog: http://magaloma.blogspot.com/
> > Developer group: http://cara74.seasidehosting.st
> >
> >

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