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Marvin Domingo
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why is the title like that?, does this means like, "secrets of guitar player java programmers". why do you have to put rockstar in the title?.


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arulk pillai
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Why didn't you call it "Secrets of the IT Super Stars"?


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Alaa Nassef
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Originally posted by Marvin Domingo:
does this means like, "secrets of guitar player java programmers"


No, that's not it . The thing is, as I understand, like rockstars who come out with a hit, and become idolized, those programmers are. Take for instance Rod Johnson and spring, James Gosling and java, or Nikhil Kothari and ASP.NET AJAX. Those are the rockstars of the programming/IT world, because of their "hits" and because they rock .


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Marvin Domingo
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but hey, I know some java developers are real rockstars in real life.. if am not mistaken, Mr. Bert Bates can play the guitar. . however, I still wonder what's inside of that book, I hope it's not an interview with the "rockstar java programmers"
Ed Burns
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Hello Marvin,

Alaa kindly posted the list of interviewees in this thread:

http://www.coderanch.com/t/32876/Jobs/careers/Secrets-Rockstar-Programmers-Riding-IT

No, they're not all Java programmers. I have some Microsoft, Ruby, Python and Smalltalk guys in there too.

As to why rockstar, it just fit. However, there seems to be some confusion between DIVA and ROCKSTAR. I consider a DIVA to be someone who MAY be a master, but IS difficult to work with. Rock, being a medium of the people, and a medium of revolution, has ROCKSTARS, who ARE masters, and OFTEN are easy to work with. The last part is important, IMHO. That's why one of the first questions I asked everyone is, "how important is it to be aware of your own ignorance". True rockstars answer this question with "Hell yes! Very important."

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Alaa Nassef
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Originally posted by Ed Burns:
Hello Marvin,

Alaa kindly posted the list of interviewees in this thread:

http://www.coderanch.com/t/32876/Jobs/careers/Secrets-Rockstar-Programmers-Riding-IT

No, they're not all Java programmers. I have some Microsoft, Ruby, Python and Smalltalk guys in there too.


Actually Kunal Mehrotra is the one who posted the list. Don't want to take credit for someone elses post
Paul Michael
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TopCoder/Computerworld sometimes also refer to its exceptional coders as Rockstars.

PS, if you ever decide to sign up for TopCoder after reading this post, kindly indicate there that you heard about TopCoder from a member who's handle is justjoined.

Thanks.


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Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by Ed Burns:
That's why one of the first questions I asked everyone is, "how important is it to be aware of your own ignorance". True rockstars answer this question with "Hell yes! Very important."


Good point!

Were there occasions where you didn't get this kind of response?


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