Jon Guenther

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Elliotte, welcome and let me say I'm looking forward to reading this book. It's long overdue and the titles from this publisher are always first rate.

I've been a Web application developer for many years (and currently work as an applications engineer in a not-for-profit). One of things I've found difficult to get project managers to understand is the importance of breaking down all Web-based development into content, presentation, and functionality (i.e., XHTML, CSS and JavaScript).

How important do you feel these differentiations are to make to project managers during the planning of Web-based applications, and do you approach topics under this model within your text?
Hey fellow Java lovers: For any who might be interested, I have completed a three-part tutorial on using the new NetBeans 6.1 beta version to write a GUI application with a back-end MySQL database that helps me with writing my novels. Check it out and enjoy; and all comments are welcome! The link is below:

NetBeans 6.1 (beta) IDE tutorial
12 years ago
One question you can ask at the conclusion of the interview that will not necessarily put them on the defensive, and one rarely asked, is:
"Do you have concerns about any of my qualifications for this position, and if so, may I have the opportunity to address those areas further with you?"

This does two things: 1) demonstrates you're interested in improving by being open to feedback; 2) gives you potential weaknesses you can work on for future interviews.

I'm in job search mode right now, too, and I've gone on so many interviews I'm starting to feel like a "professional interviewee". At the end of the day, I would recommend you ultimately don't give up and improve in whatever areas you can.

Ultimately, you don't often select the right job, it selects you. Best wishes with your search.
[ March 28, 2008: Message edited by: Jon Guenther ]
12 years ago
Too cool. Thanks for your answers, Ed, and for your unique contributions to the technology world. Oh...and happy writing!
12 years ago
Ed, I'm always fascinated with those "behind the scenes" featurettes you get on DVDs where they talk about the music, special effects, writing and such (think Lucas/Speilberg). That's the intimation I derived when I read the sample chapter of your book. As a published technical writer and aspiring programmer I found this to be one of the most unique approaches to the field I've ever seen. I was also pumped to see names like Gosling and Schildt among the list (Weird Al was a cute touch).

My questions:

1) Did you meet with any resistance (community, publishers or otherwise) when you first pitched the idea, and if so how did you overcome those obstacles?
2) Given how broad the field, how did you arrive at the inclusion of the various disciplines within software engineering (i.e., technology, pedagogy and development)?

Thank you in advance.
12 years ago