Friday, August 10, 2007 12:51 AM
My last post on this topic generated some great comments (and a nod on another blog). Justice Gray made an interesting point about the covers. He said:
"Your comment on this book thing reminded me of a different topic: why the <insert name of red-covered books here> always feature a bunch of totally homely looking dudes."
And this goes back to what my original post was about: my quest to add some pizzazz back to the technology section of your local bookstore! Seriously, consider the following:
You decide that you want to read up on Pair Programming. You want to know the ins and outs of the concept from people that know what they're talking about. So you go to the local bookstore and you see two options for books.
Now, we'll use the term "all things being equal" here, although its obvious that one out of the three pretend-authors below knows a more than the other two. So here are your two choices. Ready? First we have...
So let's see...well, its going to be telling me about Pair Programming...and apparently its written by our Edmonton friends Justice and Donald...they're smart guys who I'm sure can explain in detail what it is I want to know. But there's this other book on the topic...
Wendy Freidlander's book on The Gentle Art of Pair Programming*, with an intro by Scott Bellware (plugging the ALT.NET conference in Dallas no doubt).
Now...which one would YOU pick?
C'mon publishers, let's introduce some much needed style to the cover of our tech books. We really do care about it...and if you don't, then Justice and I will need to show you how to put the Pizzass back in ... ok, I have nothin'...I just wanted to use the word "pizzass".
*NOTE: Wendy doesn't actually have a book titled this, but she will be speaking at the Agile Development Practices Conference in Orlando this December., and one of the topics is "The Gentle Art of Pair Programming".