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97 Things Every Programmer Should Know - Another question to the author

 
Raul Macias
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How long did it take you to write this book?
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megan smith
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Its a collection of articles from several authors.
 
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megan smith wrote:Its a collection of articles from several authors.


Then it should have taken so long as others are done with their articles.
 
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..Another questions why 97 why not 197 ? what is so special about this 97?
 
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When I worked in the lab, I often said "97 pieces", mainly because 97 was about the least likely number to be real, I thought.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:When I worked in the lab, I often said "97 pieces", mainly because 97 was about the least likely number to be real, I thought.


Actually it follows an O'Reilly standard for tips books, like "97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know" and "97 Things Every Project Manager Should Know", at least that's my guess.
 
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The process of pulling the book together happened in two phases: an incubation phase and a public phase. I initially gathered contributions from a smaller group of contributors, so as to prime the contributions with the bar set at a good level. They were invited or contacted me having heard of the project by word of mouth. When the project went public, via Twitter, conference mentions, InfoQ, lists, etc., contributions came in from a far wider range.

The incubation phase took around 6 months, and was relatively slow burn, slow accumulation of articles that I edited as they came in. The public phase lasted about two months, and was shorter than originally planned because the participation was larger than expected. I managed to keep up with the editing, but it was certainly more intense! Once the cut-off date was reached there was relatively little editing work to do, so the challenge was to make the selection and address other book-related issues.
 
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megan smith wrote: ..Another questions why 97 why not 197 ? what is so special about this 97?


It's the largest two-digit prime.
I always thought that was obvious ...

 
Kevlin Henney
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See here for an answer to the question of "Why 97?"
 
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