In the world of programming, we work with “languages” of all different kinds. Though my primary server-side development language is C#, the way I work almost fully translates to the world of Java, PHP, Ruby, or Python. Core programming ideas, methodologies, and architectures are highly similar between these different coding worlds. We just express them in different ways.
The same is true for how we work – How we stay motivated and productive, the importance of teaching, working with clients, discovering the processes that work just-right and being brave enough to shed the ones that don’t. And, I’d imagine that the life lessons I’ve learned through programming translate not just to how we work in the U.S., but how you might work in China.
As a first-generation American born to Chinese parents, I was tremendously humbled to have this book translated to my ancestral language. I grew up in the United States, living in a western culture while growing up with some traditional Chinese values. My opinions on how we ought to work in this industry have certainly been influenced by both cultures.
Whether your just beginning your career in programming, starting your own small business, or seeking some fresh perspectives, I do hope you find this book valuable now and in the future.
Sincerely, Ka Wai Cheung