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Coders At Work ... yet a question!

 
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Dear author of Coders At Work,

Your book looks promising and it would be great to read about the best in the field and how they do their jobs,
however as a programmer I know you have to deal with the flipsides such as deadlines, server downtimes, unscheduled
working hours and at times you depend on many other people's work in order to do your own work .. eg systems have to be
running, internet has to be accesible and so on...

Have you asked, during your interviews, about how the developers deal with these topics or are they only complete
success stories ? :-)
 
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You'll probably enjoy Brad Fitzpatrick's description of late nights at the data center trying to keep Live Journal running and inventing the software he needed to scale it up as it was melting down around him. And Zawinski has some war stories from Netscape days about having other groups come in and screw up his software. ;-)
 
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That's what I'm thinking about! Developers are met with many expectations, few people realize how much effort
it can take to get from one point to another, many obstacles. You have to keep up the good spirit. I think the book
would be interesting to read to find out how they actually dealt with those situations! Thanks for answering!
 
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