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Interesting if you're interested,
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This review is from: Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming (Paperback)
As advertised, this is nothing more or less than a book full of interviews with accomplished programmers and computer scientists, interviews conducted by someone who is also a thoughtful and experienced programmer. The downside of the book is that it has absolutely horrible design: the text is ugly, the paper is ugly, there are typos on almost every page, and that is really irritating. There is also nothing here to draw you in to the material if you aren't already interested, but if you're thinking about buying a book of conversations with computer programmers that's probably not an issue.
The upside is that the interviews are often really fascinating. Siebel does a good job; he has a set of stock questions that everyone gets asked, and seeing how different people respond to them is great, but he also does a good job of getting the interviewees talking about things they think are interesting and just letting them talk. Contrasting how different people tackle problems, listening to what these folks think are the big issues in programming today and seeing common threads; there's a lot of good stuff. It's worth reading. I'm giving it three stars because I don't think it's a book that will be worth reading a second time, and because it's so sloppily put together.