Maybe you’ll ignore the satirical nature of the book, embrace your inner asshole, and use the advice inside to climb the corporate ladder. Maybe you’ll recognize someone’s ill behaviour after you read a certain chapter and realize that something around you needs to change.
While I definitely don’t condone doing the former, people in the IT industry that act in that manner certainly exist. If they didn’t, I wouldn’t have the inspiration for this book. I hope this text sheds some light on the unethical methods certain people in our industry use. That way, we can all learn how to avoid them and do better.
At the end of every chapter, you'll find a small note regarding the real-life person that the chapter was based on. All the names, of course, are changed. Likewise, some real-life situations are combined, but that's the extent of the freedom I took while writing the notes.
While the book was written with the IT industry in mind, its chapters could be applied to the whole tech industry. Therefore, I purposely avoided using and IT-specific terms and kept things more casual. In the end, it should be an easy read. It shouldn't read like a programming manual.
PS. I hope you'll at least get a few laughs out of it!
This book will take you on a journey to become the code warrior, someone that people fear and respect. It’s not a simple path to walk, but the rewards that await you are plentiful and well worth it.
Where we’re going, we don’t need morals, ethics, feelings. None of that crap. To truly succeed in life, especially as a developer, you will cheat, lie and manipulate. What’s even better, if you closely follow the steps I’m giving you in this book, you’ll feel awesome about it!
There are no long philosophical meanderings here. The instructions are given to you in straightforward, simple language. My sole purpose here is to give you a practical way of getting ahead. No wishy-washy “ifs” or “buts”. Just solid information that your mind will soak up the way a sun-dried stone absorbs water.
As you start living the way of the code warrior, you, too, can join the rich and powerful. It’s not the case if you can become rich and powerful - you will do it, whether you want to or not.
"I think I recognized my former manager in at least three chapters! A great read and amazingly accurate depiction of some of the less ethical coworkers I worked with."
"Outstanding Book! Marko tells the story of advancement in the tech world in a new and exciting way. Some situations he writes about were painfully familiar. Shocking, but funny!"
"What a fun book! I was just afraid I'll recognize myself in some of the chapters. As a person that went through all the possible roles in IT, it was fun to remnisce about my own experiences while reading the book."