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The Software Craftsman: Professionalism, Pragmatism, Pride by Sandro Mancuso

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Preface

Back in the mid-1990s, two years after I started my professional career, a large international company in São Paulo, Brazil, announced that they would be hiring 60 developers in one go. Their selection process would take a few weeks and was divided into four phases: a three-hour-long technical test; two weeks of training in their proprietary technology followed by a test; a full day of group dynamics; and a round of final interviews. They announced it in a major newspaper and around 900 developers applied. I was working for a small software house at the time, a place where I was very happy, but I felt that I was ready for something bigger. Since the first phase would be on a Saturday, I decided to apply. Fewer than 300 developers passed ...

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