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Ben Halpern
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Creative Selection Book: An autobiography of an individual contributor

The responses to this thread were all really interesting:

While there are no consensus responses, there are a lot of "heck no!" responses in terms of being "promoted" out of coding.

This reminds me of a book I recently read called "Creative Selection", which is an autobiographical tale of an Apple software developer, and the only book like this I've read written by someone who stayed in software development longterm.

The book is pretty interesting due to how close it gets you to the story of the iPhone and other Apple creationsโ€”Ken Kocienda, the author, specifically worked on the keyboard. But to this point, part of his journey was a "promotion" into management, quickly followed by a choice to go back into pure software development, where he more-or-less stayed for the rest of his career.

It's a good read overall.

๐Ÿ“˜ View Creative Selection on Amazon

I consumed it as an audiobook, which worked well for the material.

Happy coding!

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Ryland G

Great recommendation. Iโ€™m assuming youโ€™ve read the Jobs biography?

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Ben Halpern

I donโ€™t want to come off as a Steve Jobs fanboy but Iโ€™ve read it like five or six times (and itโ€™s a long book!)

I tend to soak up interesting biographies up like water

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Ryland G

Iโ€™ve read it a few times myself. I also thought it would be fun to read every book that is mentioned or recommended inside that Steve Jobs bio. It was a fun set of books.

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Sung M. Kim • Edited

I am sold and just got a copy ๐Ÿ˜‰

book

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Ben Halpern

Let me know what you think!

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Sung M. Kim

First of all, thank you, Ben for introducing this book.
Just finished the book and it was indeed "a good read overall".

The experience shared in the eyes of a software engineer was a fresh one. I especially liked the parts where Ken was able to analyze what he did, what he did wrong, and how he worked with others.

I give it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

I hope others can have fun reading it and also get much out of Ken's experience ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sung M. Kim

Sure thing there, Ben.
Thank you for the book recommendation ๐Ÿ‘Š