Despite what recruiters think, despite what you might think, you are not a language.
Years of hacking have sharpened your mind, your instinct, your reasoning, until you no longer even see the code: you see the answer. You are a problem-crushing warrior, an architect of logic.
So why filter your job opportunities by ‘language’?
I’ve seen this over and over: otherwise smart developers passing on great opportunities because the code-base isn’t written in their language du-jour.
When you seek a Ruby job, you’ll find a Ruby job. When you seek a great opportunity, you’ll find a great opportunity. What is it that you actually want?
Don’t let your love of one piece of the puzzle narrow your career. Seek the best opportunity, and focus your reasoning through whatever lens/language gets the job done.
The best companies hire the best thinkers, and the best thinkers pursue the best opportunities. The rest is just cosmetic.
24 hours in with the Kindle Fire and I feel like I’m coming to the same emotional place as I did with the Droid. The first 10 minutes were “wow, I think this might actually make it!” — but it buckled under extended use from lack of polish.
Levy: Two years ago, you bought Zappos. Was that an attempt to absorb their so-called culture of happiness and customer service?
Bezos: No, no, no. We like their unique culture, but we don’t want that culture at Amazon. We like our culture, too. Our version of a perfect customer experience is one in which our customer doesn’t want to talk to us. Every time a customer contacts us, we see it as a defect. I’ve been saying for many, many years, people should talk to their friends, not their merchants. And so we use all of our customer service information to find the root cause of any customer contact. What went wrong? Why did that person have to call? Why aren’t they spending that time talking to their family instead of talking to us? How do we fix it? Zappos takes a completely different approach. You call them and ask them for a pizza, and they’ll get out the Yellow Pages for you.
which culture and approach do you like better?
False dilemma :) I LOVE never talking to my merchants, but when I’m forced to, pizza seems like a great way to go!
But the best service is the one you never think about, so I’d much rather build the experience that silently resonates for the majority of my user-base, than the friendly-but-frequently-fallible cousin.