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.