For me, to find a perfect profession has always seemed to be even more difficult than to choose a favorite book. Some jobs were like societies of free poets—creative, funny, extraordinary, but at the same time too crazy and unstable. Other professions that I’ve been choosing look as if they were created by Marcel Proust—before you become interested in it, you should read a thousand pages, and overcome a routine and a desire to fall asleep. So, I was wandering as a Rimbaud’s drunken boat “in search of lost time” (and a place, certainly!), until I’ve accidentally found a new book with a very intriguing and promising title—Information Development. I must confess that when I’ve started discovering this book, I didn’t know the plot, the theme, and the main characters of it. But now, I’ve already read some chapters, and I can honestly tell you that this is a unique profession where poetry and prose are harmonically connected creating a “golden mean”.
So, let’s follow the white rabbit and see what this book is about!
Chapter 1. The Lord of the Information
When you become an information developer, the first thing you get is information. A lot of it. Actually, maybe you’ve never seen such huge volumes of information (sorry, Google). And usually your task is not to learn or look through it, you really need to work hard: choose the primary and the secondary, gather details, organize and re-organize (and re-organize again…), add, describe, shorten, or extend instructions, manuals, guides, and other all-kinds-of-informational-stuff. Sometimes it is difficult to understand the information you get, and it is okay to ask yourself like Hamlet “To read or not to read further?” Because you already know the answer. This is the prose of this chapter.
But there comes a moment when you decide to put this heavy shining ring called “Information” on your finger, take this huge responsibility and promise yourself to learn how to deal with this power. At that moment, you become the Lord of the Information. You realize how exciting and delicious it can be – creating something extremely useful and innovative, controlling the world of words, building a fortress that can help others to get through the forest of ignorance. And this is the delicious poetry of this chapter, this is your Precious!
Chapter 2. The Development Code
When you get used to the constant flow of information, you find out that it was only an introduction to the main part of the book. And what you read next seems to be a mysterious code of development. If you are not improving your skills, if you are not developing yourself as a professional, you’ll fail in the InfoDev’s society. As a result, you will not be able to decrypt all the symbols and signs of your project and may not even understand what your colleagues are talking about. Have you thought you would conquer all these long-reads at university? Believe me, Leo Tolstoy would be envious of these volumes of knowledge that you are going to swallow.
Nevertheless, it is not as prosaic and hard as it may seem. The other side of the moon is worth the non-stop brain activity. Do you remember that feeling when you decipher the riddle? I’ll remind you. It is the triumph of Faust watching the building of his city, it is the joy of Professor Langdon solving the final puzzle. The InfoDev profession gives you an opportunity to join the smart side—to become proficient in different spheres of knowledge and constantly discover something exciting! Like Lord Byron’s Don Juan was traveling all around the world, you will sail exploring new lands of experience.
Chapter 3. (Thirty) Three Comrades
If you are an introvert (as I am) and starting a career in information development, be ready for big changes. Now people are your best friends, your sources of information, your help systems, your grammar and spellchecking applications, and your family. Every day you’ll meet colleagues, developers, project managers, and customers who are setting deadlines for you and expecting something from you all the time. It is the prose of InfoDev’s life – you need to be flexible, have great negotiation skills, and be able to combine the others’ “wants” and your “cans”. Sometimes, you even need to be like Nostradamus to guess and do what people want from you. It is challenging, but not impossible, right?
Forget one hundred years of solitude, by the way. You’ll meet a lot of interesting incredible people, who can give you something really valuable and useful. They can teach you how to read a code or how to pronounce an unknown foreign word. They can show you how to create a diagram or how to build a good reputation in your team. As a reward, you will receive the key to the wardrobe where the fantastic world of communication, career, and professionalism is hidden. It is not a secret that the more “weak ties” you have, the more chances of further development in the job field you have. So, becoming a famous and recognizable Oscar Wilde among your colleagues isn’t such a bad idea, huh?
Chapter 4. Journey to the Center of the Technologies
If you are a poet deep inside, it will be a tough journey to the science fiction world. To be more precise, to the science itself. Now it is time to read the most sophisticated and mysterious chapter of this book – software. When you first open an application or speak with a developer, you feel like an alien from another planet. And your mission is not only to survive but to become the member of this weird IT community. The prose of this task is that it really takes a lot of time to deeply dive into all these processes and technologies. And it is not only about describing the complicated systems or translating IT slang into understandable words. From time to time, you become a Witcher with two swords and fight with horrible creatures (I mean, application bugs) and smart fiends (I mean, developers who “know how to describe this better!”). So, may the force be with you!
But one day you win the fight. And you understand what a fantastic exploration you’ve made! When a poet or a writer catches the technological wave, the two parts of the brain—the creative and the logical—start to work as a perfect mechanism. Your writing skills are strengthened by the deep understanding of puzzling procedures and operations, and that’s how you become not only a writer but a technical writer, an information developer.
I know that there are more chapters in this book for me to read and enjoy, and I still have time to discover all the poetry and prose of InfoDev’s life. For now, I cannot retell the whole story, but there is one thing I can definitely tell you: I think, I’ve found my favorite book at last.