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Conversations with Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas completes all ten interviews with the pragmatic programmers.

Bill Venners interviews two pragmatic programmers in A series of ten installments that are definitely worth reading if you are a programmer.

Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas are the Pragmatic Programmers, recognized internationally as experts in the development of high-quality software. Their best-selling book of software best practices, The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master (Addison-Wesley, 1999), is filled with practical advice on a wide range of software development issues. They also authored Programming Ruby: A Pragmatic Programmer’s Guide (Addison-Wesley, 2000), and helped to write the now famous Agile Manifesto.

  1. I'd disagree about part ten, though, in that it just covers the usual "XML sucks" arguments that focus on the narrow-minded "XML is a text document I edit in Notepad" viewpoint and consequently don't bring anything to the table.

    Posted by: Paul Boddie on May 22, 2003 07:37 AM
  2. XML certainly brings lot of *scope* for interoperability and light-weight parsers. That, is a good thing. However, I can't quite bring myself to program in any tag based ML - hurts my palm way too much. I've been using Yaml to generate XML.

    OT, I would like to thank you Paul for ( - it helped me quite a lot to do some automation.

    Posted by: Babu on May 22, 2003 09:25 AM