- Paperback: 632 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (September 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430219483
- ISBN-13: 978-1430219484
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming 1st ed. Edition
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About the Author
Peter Seibel is a serious developer of long standing. In the early days of the Web, he hacked Perl for Mother Jones and Organic Online. He participated in the Java revolution as an early employee at WebLogic which, after its acquisition by BEA, became the cornerstone of the latter's rapid growth in the J2EE sphere. He has also taught Java programming at UC Berkeley Extension. He is the author of Practical Common LISP from Apress.
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Sometimes we take the leaders of an industry and blow their importance and worth out of proportion: "Only THEY could have done it." That doesn't make their accomplishment any lesser and I like that this book shows the humanity that hides behind code and products they've built.
It's tough to predict if this book will appeal to you. If you're a seasoned software industry professional with a deep love for the 'craft' of coding then you'll love this collection if interviews. I certainly did and it reminded me of why I got into this industry in the first place and it rekindled a love for coding.
The diversity of approaches, mindset, attitude, and execution of each of the coders interviewed is a welcome change from the onslaught of the "best practices" mindset which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Even more amazing is the levels of success that they have achieved in spite of (or perhaps, because of) their differences.
While some would find the repetition of questions or extended stories regarding the history of each coder yawn-inducing, I found it to be a refreshing break from the standard computer book fare. If you want to learn about a specific language, platform, or development process, you will want to buy a different book; it covers these topics in only the broadest sense.
My only gripes are minor: first, there are a surprising amount of typos. Second, the book tends to drag when Seibel does more of the talking than the interviewee. Thankfully, this doesn't happen often.
Ultimately, it is a good collection of opinions and war stories which will broaden your perspective towards code and people who write it.
Coders at Work benefits heavily from Peter Seibel's own experience programming, and his familiarity really helps drive the conversation in direction that true coders will appreciate. If you view programming as more than just a day job and are looking for ways to improve your craft, or just inspiration from hearing the tasks that others have been able to accomplish this is a great read.
Seibel presents questions from all kinds of aspects and ranging from plain-personal to pure-professional. It is a very good read.