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Hello Peter,

It will be great to read such a book. A little bit of my background that i have recently recovered from a massive accident
which happened with me two years back (massive car accident). I am being out of touch of programming for almost two
years now. I was a fresher and only worked 8 months in Java when i met this accident.

I want to know, does this book give us some insight about a programmer who struggled a bit and then having a massive
gap of 2 years joined the industry back. What kind of technical thoughts this book covers? Is it a book about ''Day to Day
Life of a Programmer".

At times i feel quiet morally down when i look back for my career and feel that my career mates have gone far ahead of me.
Still i am on the edge and ready to sacrifice whatever it takes to be a Full Time Programmer. I am quiet looking forward towards
this book. It may prove to be an inspirational or motivational ground for me.

Cheers,
 
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Hi Prithvi, glad to hear you're recovering/recovered! There's nothing in the book quite that specific--Dan Ingalls took some time off and then came back but that was much later in his career. As to the technical content: I tried to get at how folks actually do the work of programming: designing, debugging, and testing and to get some opinions about various controversies that programmers have been wrestling with for a long time such as how should code be divvied up among the members of a team. But probably the most inspiring bits are hearing from these folks about what drew them into programming and what they enjoy about it. (Though some of them have also burned out and are no longer programming professionally. But I noticed that even those folks still can't keep away from it altogether--they may not longer do it as a job but they all do hack still.)
 
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Hello Peter,

That's great. I am actually wanting to read something like this only. One more thing, is it gonna be available in UAE for sale or just in States?

Cheers,
 
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Hi Peter,

I'm really looking forward to reading your book.

I'd be interested in what you think the Average Joe programmer could learn from it. Do you present how the most influential people in the industry work, do you think the interviews could inspire programmers or you would just like to give some insight into what these people think about our industry and its future?

Will be a cool reading for sure.

JL
 
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I am even looking forward to read the same that how it can inspire average programmers. I am sure reading something like,
what drives or makes programmers like Programmer and conducting something from real-world experience is gonna be great.
I am sure about it.

Looking forward to have your book Peter.
 
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Prithvi Sehgal wrote:One more thing, is it gonna be available in UAE for sale or just in States?



I don't know about the UAE in particular but it seems to be available on all the amazon.co.* sites as well as amazon.com and all the usual brick-and-mortar stores in the States. I assume it will be possible for you to get a copy. Worst case you could buy the PDF from Apress or the Kindle version from Amazon assuming the new international Kindle works in UAE.
 
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Joska Lofasz wrote:I'd be interested in what you think the Average Joe programmer could learn from it.



I think that depends a lot on the programmer. I think it will mostly provide some inspiration but in what direction depends on where you are. One guy I know from online who read it, was inspired by Jamie Zawinski and Brendan Eich talking about their days at Netscape and ended up quiting his job because he realized that the software he was working on just was never going to make the kind of difference in the world that Netscape did at the time it came out. Other people might be inspired by Guy Steele's broad knowledge of programming languages or Donald Knuth's obvious excitement about deeply understanding algorithms and decide to try to emulate them in some way. Or something else entirely.
 
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