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Secrets of the Rockstar Programmers: Riding the IT Crest

Kunal Mehrotra
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As per Amazon, following people are covered in this book:

Rod Johnson, Inventor of the Spring Framework
Adrian Colyer, Pioneer of Aspect Oriented Programming Tools, Project Lead of AspectJ
Java Posse--Tor Norbye, Joe Nuxoll, Carl Quinn, and Dick Wall
Chris Wilson, Lead Architect of Microsoft Internet Explorer
Nikhil Kothari, Architect of ASP.NET AJAX
Hani Suleiman, Author of "The Bile Blog"
James Gosling, Father of Java
Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Creator of the Hudson Continuous Integration Tool
Herb Schildt, The World's Bestselling Programming Author
Floyd Marinescu, Co-founder of ServerSide.com; Founder and Lead Editor of InfoQ.com
Andy Hunt, Co-founder of the Pragmatic Programmers
Dave Thomas, Object Oriented Software Pioneer
Max Levchin, Co-founder and Former CTO of PayPal
Libor Michalek, Co-founder of Slide.com
Weird Al Yankovic, The Programmer's Rock Star

If this is the complete list of the interviewees, then isnt the list a tad Java/Web focused or is it done on purpose keeping in mind the web developers as the target audience?
Alaa Nassef
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Originally posted by Kunal Mehrotra:
then isnt the list a tad Java/Web focused or is it done on purpose keeping in mind the web developers as the target audience?


Well, I have to disagree on that. The book is a non technical book, and as you can see, not all the interviewees are java/web focused. You have two interviewees from Microsoft, one of them is the project lead of IE (a desktop application). Spring has a dot net implementation and both spring and AspectJ are not targeted solely to web developers, since they can be used in any app. The fact that Ed Burns has a java background, and since he's one of the experts leading JSF development, makes his professional network full of people with a java and a web background too. This might be a reason why most of the list of interviewees gave you that impression, but again I tell you that the book is non technical, so it can be read and enjoyed by anyone in the IT field.


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Ed Burns
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Hi Kunal,

Alaa is right, I know lots of Java guys, and it was great for me to get outside of that world and find the stars in the "rest" of the IT world. To be honest, as we all know, there's a lot more to IT than Java.

Interestingly, the act of me going outside of my Java circle is one of the things recommended in the book: get outside your box.

I think the most non-Java interview in the book is Max Levchin and Libor Michalek of Slide.com. Total LAMPPP shop there.

Ed
 
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