Review – Coders at Work

Coders at Work I’ve been reading “Coders at Work” by Peter Seibel over the holidays and wanted to share my review.

The book is basically a series of in-depth interviews with 15 interesting programmers including people like Brendan Eich (inventor of JavaScript), Ken Thompson (inventor of UNIX), Peter Norvig (Director of Research at Google).

Other programmers interviewed are: Frances Allen, Joe Armstrong, Joshua Bloch, Bernie Cosell, Douglas Crockford, L. Peter Deutsch, Brad Fitzpatrick, Dan Ingalls, Simon Peyton Jones, Donald Knuth, Guy Steele and Jamie Zawinski.

 
I first got interested in in this book after reading an interesting tweet from Ralph Hauwert quoting Joe Armstrong in the book:

“The problem with object-oriented languages is they’ve got all this implicit environment that they carry around with them. You wanted a banana but what you got was a gorilla holding the banana and the entire jungle.” — Joe Armstrong

Its really invaluable to get the perspective of this wide range of experienced developers and get an insight in the way they work, what inspires them to code and how they see the future of programming languages.

Definitely recommended reading and a good source of inspiration to any developer!

 
www.codersatwork.com
 

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2 thoughts on “Review – Coders at Work

  1. david doull says:

    Have you read Founders at Work, which preceded this volume. It’s basically a series of interviews with the founders of IT start-up’s. It includes just about everyone and is probably my favourite non-fiction book of the past decade

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