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What is the main objective of this book?

arulk pillai
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Hi Ed,

What is the main objective of this book? Does it help developers build a well rounded ability with both technical and soft skills required for their career success? or Is it aimed more at programming side?

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Alaa Nassef
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Hello Arulk,
The book is a series of interviews with people who have been key players in the software and IT industry (Rod Johnson of spring, best selling programming books author Herb Schildt, Max Levchin Co-founder and Former CTO of PayPal, etc). The book goes on how the see problems and how they solve them, and their approach to soft skills and hard skills. The book is divided into 14 chapters/interviews, and the last one is with Weird Al Yankovic (the rockstar).
The book is non technical, and it gives you the different points of views of many people regarding soft skills, hard skills and other stuff.

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Paul Michael
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Wow, Weird Al is included? Does he code?

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Ed Burns
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Wow, Weird Al is included? Does he code?

I am not sure, but I think he does. Here is a little excerpt from the Weird Al chapter, just for all you JavaRanch cowboys and cowgirls:

In October 2006, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation at the Ajax Experience Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The second day of the conference, I think, midway through the day, I was reading some e-mail on my laptop out in the hall between sessions. Howard Lewis Ship, a rock star programmer in his own right due to his creation and promotion of the Tapestry Web framework, approached me and said, �You gotta see this.� Weird Al�s video for �White and Nerdy� had just hit YouTube. Along with many other hilarious images well known to members of the programmer culture, the video included a snapshot of David Flanagan�s book JavaScript: The Definitive Guide (O�Reilly and Associates, 2006). The corresponding lyric is, �I�m fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.� Since JavaScript is the J in Ajax, it didn�t take long for the video to spread all across the venue, and it could be seen on laptops everywhere for the rest of the conference. I had been a Weird Al fan since �Buy Me a Condo� in 1984, and I felt all along that Al spoke to my inner geek as an aspiring rock star programmer. When I saw the viral spread of �White and Nerdy� at the Ajax Experience, I knew that Al was the programmer�s rock star and I had to have him in this book.

Abdul Kader
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In what all the aspects will this book will add value to the readers...

I believe we can have idea how the best people in IT are thinking to solve the problem.
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