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Coders at Work by Peter Seibel
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Oct 16, 2009

really liked it

Coders at work transcribes 16 some odd interviews of both new and old school programming giants culminating with Donald Knuth. For me it was the right book at the right time. After a year of studying algorithms, languages, and hardware, it was good to hear the voices of experience detailing the struggles of their day-to-days. In some cases their lessons reassured me that I hadn't missed some magic programming spells, in others I felt grossly outmatched by their experience and casual referencing of computers, languages, and tools that were totally unknown to me. Besides the well-appreciated name drops, the central message of this book was really quite simple: To be a good programmer, program and if you come across a good program read its code. Makes sense in retrospect.
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