Coders at Work by Peter Seibel

By Peter Seibel

Peter Seibel interviews 15 of the main attention-grabbing computing device programmers alive this present day in Coders at Work, supplying a brand-new spouse quantity to Apress’s hugely acclaimed best-seller Founders at Work by means of Jessica Livingston. because the phrases “at work” recommend, Peter Seibel makes a speciality of how his interviewees take on the daily paintings of programming, whereas revealing even more, like how they turned nice programmers, how they realize programming expertise in others, and what types of difficulties they locate so much interesting.

Hundreds of individuals have advised names of programmers to interview at the Coders at Work website: the full checklist used to be 284 names. Having digested everyone’s suggestions, we chosen 15 fogeys who’ve been type adequate to comply with be interviewed:
* Frances Allen: Pioneer in optimizing compilers, first girl to win the Turing Award (2006) and primary girl IBM fellow
* Joe Armstrong: Inventor of Erlang
* Joshua Bloch: writer of the Java collections framework, now at Google
* Bernie Cosell: one of many major software program men at the back of the unique ARPANET IMPs and a grasp debugger
* Douglas Crockford: JSON founder, JavaScript architect at Yahoo!
* L. Peter Deutsch: writer of Ghostscript, implementer of Smalltalk-80 at Xerox PARC and Lisp 1.5 on PDP-1
* Brendan Eich: Inventor of JavaScript, CTO of the Mozilla company
* Brad Fitzpatrick: author of LiveJournal, OpenID, memcached, and Perlbal
* Dan Ingalls: Smalltalk implementor and designer
* Simon Peyton Jones: Coinventor of Haskell and lead fashion designer of Glasgow Haskell Compiler
* Donald Knuth: writer of The paintings of desktop Programming and writer of TeX
* Peter Norvig: Director of analysis at Google and writer of the normal textual content on AI
* man Steele: Coinventor of Scheme and a part of the typical Lisp Gang of 5, at the moment engaged on Fortress
* Ken Thompson: Inventor of UNIX
* Jamie Zawinski: writer of XEmacs and early Netscape/Mozilla hacker
<h3>What you’ll learn</h3>
How the simplest programmers on the planet do their job
<h3>Who is that this ebook for?</h3>
Programmers drawn to the viewpoint of leaders within the box. Programmers trying to find methods that paintings for a few of these impressive programmers.

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At least for me. I’ve read very few books about computers. My experience has been digging through source code or reference manuals. I’ve got a goal and, alright, to do this I need to know what this thing does and what this thing does. And I’ll just sort of random-walk through that until I find where I’m going. Seibel: Have you read Knuth’s, The Art of Computer Programming? Zawinski: I haven’t. And that’s one of those things where, I really probably should have. But I never did. Seibel: It’s tough going—you need a lot of math to really grok it.

And we were done. We had a really nice mail reader that was fast and had a lot of really nice features and was better about saving your data— there were never any stalls where it was writing some big file. We took really good advantage of multithreading in Java, which was less painful than I had expected it to be. It was just really pleasant to work on. From the API we had designed we saw all these directions it could grow. Except the one thing that it couldn’t do was display messages. Because what it did was, it generated HTML and to display HTML you need an HTML display layer, which wasn’t done and was never finished.

Then we had a QA group and they had formal tests they went through. And every time there was a new release they’d go down the list and try this thing. Go to this page, click on this. You should see this. Or you shouldn’t see this. Seibel: What about developer-level tests like unit tests? Zawinski: Nah. We never did any of that. I did occasionally for some things. The date parser for mail headers had a gigantic set of test cases. Back then, at least, no one really paid a whole lot of attention to the standards.

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