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

Vanessa Peña vane.c.pena at gmail.com
Sun Apr 10 17:29:59 CEST 2011

Congratulations and best luck!
Thank you so much for sharing :)


On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 4:34 AM, laurent laffont
<laurent.laffont at gmail.com>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.
> 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.
> Laurent Laffont - @lolgzs <http://twitter.com/#%21/lolgzs>
> Pharo Smalltalk Screencasts: http://www.pharocasts.com/
> Blog: http://magaloma.blogspot.com/
> Developer group: http://cara74.seasidehosting.st
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