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A talk by Joel Spolsky on how undergraduates in technology can decide where to take their first job

A talk by Joel Spolsky on how undergraduates in technology can decide where to take their first job

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  • 1. I N D U S T RY OV E RV I E W Joel Spolsky co-founder and CEO, Stack Exchange co-founder, Fog Creek SoftwareSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 2. Assumption OneSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 3. Assumption One You’re not doing a startup.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 4. Assumption One You’re not doing a startup. Startups are for crazy people.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 5. Assumption TwoSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 6. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 7. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school. It’s a waste of time and money.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 8. Assumption TwoSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 9. Assumption TwoSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 10. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school. If you already have a Bachelors degree in CS, a graduate degree is an expensive waste of time.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 11. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school. If you already have a Bachelors degree in CS, a graduate degree is an expensive waste of time.*Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 12. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school. If you already have a Bachelors degree in CS, a graduate degree is an expensive waste of time.* *unless you want to be a profSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 13. Assumption ThreeSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 14. Assumption Three You can work anywhere.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 15. Assumption Three You can work anywhere. Not just at companies that go to career fairs.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 16. Assumption Three You can work anywhere. Not just at companies that go to career fairs. Or on-campus interviewing.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 17. 9 EASY QUESTIONS that you should ask about any job before you take itSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 18. 1 Who will use my code?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 19. 1 Who will use my code? Internal code is an expense.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 20. 1 Who will use my code? Internal code is an expense. Companies like to minimize expenses.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 21. 1 Who will use my code? Internal code is an expense. Companies like to minimize expenses. Ergo, internal code tends to suck.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 22. 1 Who will use my code?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 23. 1 Who will use my code? It’s better to work on the company’s actual product.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 24. 1 Who will use my code? It’s better to work on the company’s actual product. You’ll be making money, not costing money.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 25. 1 Who will use my code? It’s better to work on the company’s actual product. You’ll be making money, not costing money. You’ll be friends with the CEO.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 26. 2 Is my boss a programmer?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 27. 2 Is my boss a programmer? You’ll learn more.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 28. 2 Is my boss a programmer? You’ll learn more. Your boss won’t drive you crazy by being clueless about code.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 29. 3 Do I have a quiet place to work?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 30. 3 Do I have a quiet place to work? You’ll get more done.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 31. 3 Do I have a quiet place to work? You’ll get more done. It’s a sign that the company cares about developers.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 32. 4 Can I have two 30-inch monitors?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 33. 4 Can I have two 30-inch monitors? You’ll get more done.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 34. 4 Can I have two 30-inch monitors? You’ll get more done. It’s a sign that the company cares about developers.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 35. 5 Did I write code during the interview?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 36. 5 Did I write code during the interview? No other way to prove that you can do it.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 37. 5 Did I write code during the interview? No other way to prove that you can do it. If you didn’t, you’ll have co-workers who can’t write code at all.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 38. 5 Did I write code during the interview? No other way to prove that you can do it. If you didn’t, you’ll have co-workers who can’t write code at all. That sucks.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 39. 6 Where’s the spec?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 40. 6 Where’s the spec? It’s easier to change a design than change code.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 41. 6 Where’s the spec? It’s easier to change a design than change code. Teams that don’t design first waste a lot of time.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 42. 6 Where’s the spec? It’s easier to change a design than change code. Teams that don’t design first waste a lot of time. And their products suck.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 43. 7 What’s the schedule?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 44. 7 What’s the schedule? Pro developers keep schedules so they don’t waste time on dumb features.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 45. 7 What’s the schedule? Pro developers keep schedules so they don’t waste time on dumb features. They prevent death marches and 80 hour weeks.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 46. 8 Do you use version control?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 47. 8 Do you use version control? This is like asking if surgeons wash their hands.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 48. 8 Do you use version control? This is like asking if surgeons wash their hands. “Germs, ever heard of them?”Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 49. 9 Can you build and deploy with one click?Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 50. 9 Can you build and deploy with one click? Build and deploy is 100% scriptable.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 51. 9 Can you build and deploy with one click? Build and deploy is 100% scriptable. If they didn’t automate it, they’re not real programmers.Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 52. Important!Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 53. Important! Don’t listen to your parentsSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 54. Important! Don’t listen to your parents Don’t listen to your friendsSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 55. Important! Don’t listen to your parents Don’t listen to your friends Don’t listen to the voices in your headSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 56. Important!Saturday, February 2, 13
  • 57. Important! Startups and small companies are great places to workSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 58. Important! Startups and small companies are great places to work Stick to product companiesSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 59. Important! Startups and small companies are great places to work Stick to product companies Never take a job with a dress codeSaturday, February 2, 13
  • 60. T H A N K YO U now you must follow me on twitter! @spolskySaturday, February 2, 13