Softskills and Other Semi-Serious Posts

I'm refining now the slides for my first (at probably last :-)) "softskills" session  for the OOP 2009 conference in Munich. It is based on some older posts from this blog:

  1. How To Be A Java Guru Without Knowing Java.
  2. The VooDoo Consulting Style.
  3. Motivation over Experience
  4. A Perfect Developer Should
  5. ...but a Perfect Developer Needs
  6. Your Project Starts To Be Sub-Optimal If:
  7. The Ultimate Inteview Question


Hi Adam,

This post looks great and will consume some time to read all of them.. Thanks for placing the pointers in 1 post..

Happy New Year :)

Posted by N, Varun on January 02, 2009 at 06:50 PM CET #

Hi Adam,

This post really relates to my working experience as a Java Developer.

Last year, I was assigned to a project where the technologies involved are very "new" - EJB 3.0 and ICEFACES. I had to learn the basics of these technologies in about a month, and pursued further reading and experimentation that enriched my knowledge of JSF, ICEFACES, ORM and EJB 3.0. I guess my motivation paid off :)

I would like to add that there are some steps involved in learning a technology:

a. Dogma - Accept the solution at first
b. Reverse Engineer - Be able to understand the solution and explain it to other people
c. Practice - Apply the solution in real world

My biggest regret is that the precondition of perfect working environment will never apply in my situation.

Thanks for empowering motivated java developers who are under the mercy of "analysts", "tech lead" and "architects".

Happy New Year.


Posted by Jerwin Louise Vergara Uy on January 03, 2009 at 09:22 AM CET #


and - I assume that you had a lot of fun learning these new technologies - am I right? :-)

Your suggestion for learning is really good - I will have to refine my slides again :-)

Happy New Year,



Posted by Adam Bien on January 03, 2009 at 10:35 AM CET #

N Varun,

thank you for the nice comment and Happy New Year!,


Posted by Adam Bien on January 03, 2009 at 10:36 AM CET #

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