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

laurent laffont laurent.laffont at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 20:30:03 CEST 2011


On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM, Mariano Martinez Peck <marianopeck at gmail.com
> wrote:

> 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 :)
>

Oh, we will ;)

Laurent


> Cheers
>
> Mariano
>
>
> 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
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Mariano
> http://marianopeck.wordpress.com
>
>
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