A Programmer'S Rantings: On Programming-Language Religions, Code Philosophies, Google Work Culture, And Other Stuff (ebook)

A Programmer'S Rantings: On Programming-Language Religions, Code Philosophies, Google Work Culture, And Other Stuff (ebook)

Steve Yegge
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This book grew out of a lot of angst. Well, and wine. Put enough angst in me, and I'll start ranting. Pour in some wine, and the rants get mean—and funny. I still go back and read these posts now and then, and I always laugh. I was so mean. My angst grew out of traveling different roads than most programmers. Those roads forced me to see the world differently. Now I see all sorts of patterns that many experienced programmers fail to see—because, well, to put it bluntly, they're stuck in ruts. Over the past 25 years I've done a bunch of dramatically different types of programming, and I've also written far more code than any programmer ever should. The long roads I've traveled have basically given me a sixth sense. I see dead people. And it sucks. If you're ever unlucky enough to acquire a dreadful sixth sense, there are really only two choices: you can be angry and depressed about it, or you can laugh about it. So I try to laugh. It's hard, but I'm getting better at it. The wine helps. Practice helps, too. You need to get in the habit of laughing—at yourself, at others, at the crazy world we live in—or in time you'll just stop laughing altogether. When I first started ranting, I was the ugly American, stomping around in my posts, and essentially yelling “What the hell is wrong with all you people?” But over the next ten years or so, I like to think I've grown into more of an amateur software anthropologist. I now take cultural relativism seriously, and I try hard not to judge people who think differently from me. Of course I don't mind poking fun at them, because I don't mind people poking fun at me. And ultimately I would like to convince undecided programmers to share my view of the programming world, because programming works best if everyone nearby does it the same way. So I'll continue to argue that my view, which I've recently taken to calling “software liberalism,” is a perfectly valid and perhaps even preferable way to do a lot of software development.

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