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Software Craftsmanship

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In her interview with me for Agile Blog, colleague and friend Jean Tabaka brings up the provocative subject Beautiful Software. I love the concept – it brings out the software craftsman in me:

Israel: I had a revelation many years ago when I first read the Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual. I realized then that I was a craftsman, not an assembly line worker. A true craftsman is proud of the intricacies of his/her work, striving for excellence and elegance while respecting the nature of the medium with which he or she is working. To borrow the title of a recent book, a software craftsman dreams in code. This sense of great discovery I had savored so long ago (while reading the Cluetrain Manifesto) was rekindled in me while I was listening to Peggy [Reed talking about Beautiful Software] .

Both Jean and I will be writing much more on the subject after the March 18 Rally event in Denver in which Peggy will give a panel talk on, well, Beautiful Software.

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Written by israelgat

March 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm

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  1. […] Passion and beauty: Peggy Reed’s passion for software is nicely captured in her quip about Beautiful Software: “Software that people love to be with can’t be done by outsourcing and automation.” Whenever I listen to Peggy I can’t help thinking about the software engineer as a craftsman. […]

  2. […] a comment » Readers of Software Craftsmanship might recall the association made in the post between Beautiful Software and the Cluetrain […]


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