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4.0 out of 5 starsShort book, priceless information.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2013
The book is rife with grammatical errors, run-on sentences, etc. It is written in a style as if the author is sitting there talking to the reader, face-to-face. However, don't let the grammatical shortcomings stop you from reading this book. The knowledge imparted is priceless. Josh Kemp offers a step-by-step method that, in my opinion, almost guarantees the reader will find a job as a Junior Developer, if that is their wish. Or, better yet, with the knowledge the reader learns by following Josh's plan, they can easily move on to becoming a freelancer and be their own boss. Seriously, Josh Kemp went from being a blacksmith (or farrier, to be specific) to a Junior Developer making $70k per year in only eight months! That is an impressive feat. He did this with no college degree. I purchased the book (it was mentioned on a forum for developers) and after reading his book, his plan seems sound. There are many people out in the world that want to break into the world of computer programming, but many have no idea how to even get started. My suggestion to them would be to purchase this book and rigorously follow the plan outlined therein. I'd be very surprised if after doing so, they couldn't get a job. Josh Kemp's plan is basically a priceless instruction sheet for success.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreatly enthusiastic author, Josh Kemp
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2014
I was honestly just looking for a book to learn Ruby on Rails when I came across this gem. Yes, the writing is rife with mistakes, but the content is golden. Josh Kemp really makes you feel his struggle and his accomplishment through his frenetic pacing, and his book is a super easy read. The likability of the author comes from his sincerity and you even get a sense of camaraderie throughout the text. It seems that he really does want you to succeed.
Kemp outlines exactly what you must do to become a successful junior software developer (following the route that he took) and I believe that sticking to his plan will actually result in a job in this field after the 5-8 months of hard work. If you are a person that follows through on what your set your mind to, you should have no problem achieving the same goal. If you do not follow the plan as described, it could definitely take years to get there.
After finishing the text, it is up to you to take the leap. Do you have what it takes?
I stumbled upon Josh Kemp's blog when I was doing some research on which programming language I should learn first. I read through the blog, which led to my reading about and then purchasing the book, and I'm glad I found it.
Josh Kemp's story is inspirational. It's the stuff good books and movies are made of. A man battling against the odds with dedicated tenacity and focus to achieve his goal. Good stuff. Better yet, it actually happened. He did it and so can you! At least that's what the book did for me. It offered me a boost of encouragement and motivation. It offered me further evidence that this can be done, that people are actively out there entering the world of coding with no prior experience, that with rigorous dedication and focus you can achieve goals that at first seem impossible.
You might be wondering, well Grooveheart, how can you rate this book 5 stars with all the obvious and painful grammar mistakes that claw away at my eyes every time I try to read them? To which I will say, sorry, this book is not for you. No offense.
In all seriousness, I noticed the grammar, but found the story so compelling that I was able to quickly ignore the errors. The errors added a flare of stream-of-consciousness edge. They created a sense of haste and anxiety, which completely parallels the narrative of the Josh Kemp's life in those moments.
I plan on reading this book again. If you have 5 bucks you don't need and you're unsure about wether or not you should make the switch to a career in programming, then this book is definitely for you.
5.0 out of 5 starsA must read for new programmers!
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2013
In my opinion, this is a must read for new programmers. It outlines some of the key things you need to do from day one, to ensure that you are laying the proper groundwork to get hired. The story is one of very hard work and determination, I am confident you will be as inspired as I was. We are all extremely busy, trying to juggle life and learning a new trade, but do yourself a favor and set aside the time to read this book, then you will have the tools you need to hit the ground running! Don't give up!
Josh had the same feelings, emotions, and hurdles that I've had for so long. Opens up in detail about his journey and road blocks. He truly helps by providing great resources, ideas, tips and tricks to get us headed in the right direction...
...or if you're just looking for some inspiration - this is it too!
I like this book — the information is spot on. This is a good "start" for those trying to figure out how to "make it" without a degree. I would have added more about freelancing and becoming a vendor. This is where employment in general is going — now many firms simply want an invoice to pay, they don't want an employee. Folks without a degree need to know that many will ONLY see them as an means to an end. This book should have cover this growing trend.
I liked the down to earth tone of the book. You can feel Josh' enthusiasm spilling forth at break neck speeds. He went from humble beginnings to full blown web dev. His drive and motivation to succeed are really amazing. This was great advice and well worth the purchase. I'm the type of guy that doesn't see a use in social media but this book has changed my mind. Social media is a huge tool in selling yourself no matter what industry. I see that now.
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2015
A great read that has plenty of great advice. Has a pretty comprehensive well-rounded plan of how to become a junior dev. Probably the best laid out plan that details just about everything you need to know.
It is riddled with middle school level grammar but with that said it does go to show that anyone with enough willpower can become a coder, even someone that may struggle in other areas such as writing.
If you can look past that, I'd say you have the best alternative to a $5,000 coding bootcamp. My suggestion is that it is totally worth the $10.
5.0 out of 5 starsNewbie to Job Ready! The best guide I have read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2015
As someone who is learning to code with an eye to moving into a technology job in the future Josh Kemp has written an invaluable blueprint.
Not only does he recommend the best programming language, resources and study timetable for you to use but he also outlines an exact roadmap for you to follow that will land you a job in 6-9 months.
I was initially sceptical when I bought this book as I thought it would be similar to other programming texts: lots of code examples, dry technical language and basic career advice....Not a bit of it! Josh has written a very detailed book that outlines how to use tools like LinkedIn, Twitter and local meet ups alongside your coding practice to maximise your chances of finding a job where you can utilise your new skills.
A word of warning - Josh is not offering a magic bullet, his method requires a lot of work (recommended 3 hours of study a day) and a lot of work in promoting yourself online and in person.
However, if you want to be hired as a web developer as quickly as possible from being a beginner I truly recommend this book.