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I'm currently enjoying "Coders at Work - Reflections on the Craft of Programming", by Peter Seibel. It's a series of reflective interviews with various guru progammers. There's a few recurring questions which I thought might be fun for the monks to answer.

  1. Are there books every programmer should read? Have you read The Art of of Computer Programming by Knuth? Cover to cover? (books)
  2. Have you tried literate programming? Have you ever proved your code correct? (literate/proofs)
  3. To what degree is mathematics and mathematical thought important to programming?(maths)
  4. How to you get familiar with a substantial piece of someone else's code? Do you step through it? Have you read code for fun? What? (code reading)
  5. How do you prepare to code something new? How do you actually begin coding, top-down, bottom-up, tests, interfaces..? (new code)
  6. What makes a good programmer? If you are hiring programmers, what do you look for? (hiring)
  7. Have the skills changed required to be a good programmer changed? Are there key skills programmers must have? (skills)
  8. Do you think of yourself as a scientist, engineer, craftsman, artist or something else? (scientist..)

There's lot's more to ask, but I'll stop there

Update: added labels, just the numbers was confusing.


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