Introduction

With the rise of blogging, many of the world’s most talented programmers have become celebrities in the field of IT. These “rock star programmers” are bellwether icons for their legions of readers: IT professionals trying to stay current. This book is a collection of incisive interviews, with A-list programmers centering on the themes of “spotting trends,” “staying current,” “how to avoid becoming obsolete,” and “work/life balance.”

Though the popular stereotype of a programmer may be that of an introverted, socially inept techno-monomaniac, the real-world practicing programmer, and especially the successful one, is very far from that stereotype. Alistair Cockburn summed it up best in his book Agile Software Development: The Collaborative ...

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