Austin Computer Book Club

May ’20: Coders at Work

Coders At Work, Peter Seibel

The poll is closed and we have a selection for our May book: Coders at Work – Reflections on the Craft of Programming, by Peter Seibel! This one’s on the longer side (632 pages), but since the chapters are all separate interviews, it will be easy to skip around without feeling like you’re missing any one big section.

Peter Seibel interviews 15 of the most interesting computer programmers alive [in 2009] in Coders at Work, offering a companion volume to Apress’s highly acclaimed best-seller Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston. As the words “at work” suggest, Peter Seibel focuses on how his interviewees tackle the day–to–day work of programming, while revealing much more, like how great programmers learn to program, how they practice their craft, how they recognize programming talent in others, and what they think about the future of programming.

Interviews include: Jamie Zawinski, Douglas Crockford, Brendan Eich, Joshua Bloch, Guy Steele, Donald Knuth, Ken Thompson, and more.

See more on the book’s website,

Where to find a copy of this title:

The meetup will be on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30PM, probably not at the offices of our sponsor, ActiveProspect (if stay-at-home advisories change, I’ll update that here and on this event’s Meetup page). Regardless of whether we’re able to meet in person, we will for sure be meeting via Zoom, at this link.

Be sure to RSVP on Meetup so we’ll know to expect you.

See you there!

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