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Team Geek--New from O'Reilly Media
A Software Developer's Guide to Working Well with Others
Sebastopol, CA--In an ideal world, software engineers who produce the best code are the most
successful. But success actually depends on how you work with people to accomplish your goals and
get your job done.
Fortunately a timely new title from O'Reilly aims to remove the dysfunctional from the development
process. Written by two highly respected software engineers--Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben
Collins-Sussman--"Team Geek: A Software Developer's Guide to Working Well with Others" (O'Reilly
Media, $24.99 USD) covers basic patterns and anti-patterns for working with other people, teams,
and users while trying to develop software. In fact the authors' entertaining book follows their
wildly popular presentations--including "How Open Source Projects Survive Poisonous People"--which
have attracted hundreds of thousands of followers.
"Contrary to the popular myth of 'superhero' programmers, software engineering is actually a team
sport, and in order to succeed you need to have great social skills in addition to technical ones,"
explains co author Collins-Sussman. "Our book is full of advice and anecdotes about how to
collaborate effectively with other programmers on your team."
Collins-Sussman continues: "What began as a series of humorous talks about dysfunctional
development processes eventually turned into talks about protecting teams from jerks. Larger crowds
gathered at our presentations in what can only be described as 'group therapy' for software
Indeed, by learning to collaborate and investing in the "soft skills" of software engineering, you
can have a much greater impact. Writing software is a team sport, and with "Team Geek" your game is
sure to improve.
"The field has needed a book like this for a long time, and finally it has arrived."
--Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google
"...engineering is as much about people as it is science and technology, but most engineers put
little or no effort into understanding how to work with others. If you want to be more effective
and efficient at creating and innovating, then this book is for you."
--Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA Research
"This delicious book speaks to your inner geek! Even if you do not consider yourself a geek, the
advice is worth the time to read anyway."
--Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
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About the Authors
Brian Fitzpatrick leads Google's Data Liberation Front and Transparency Engineering teams and has
previously led Google's Project Hosting and Google Affiliate Network teams. He cofounded Google's
Chicago engineering office and serves as both thought leader and internal advisor for Google's open
Ben Collins-Sussman, one of the founding developers of the Subversion version control system, led
Google's Project Hosting team, and now manages the engineering team for the Google Affiliate
Network. He cofounded Google's engineering office in Chicago and ported Subversion to Google's
For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic,
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