A’int your average joe … He’s the creator of Erlang and the framework OTP.

So Joe debugged people’s code for beer/benefits.

“I would debug people’s programs. The standard debugging was one beer. Then it would go up — a two-beer problem or a three-beer problem or something like that.”

He worked for the guy who worked with Alan Turning.

“Michie had worked with Turing at Bletchley Park during the second World War and got all of Turing’s papers. I had a desk in Turing’s library, so all around me were Turing’s papers.”

Joe also talks about How one gets intimidated with software libraries and view them as black box and think it’s impenetrable. However all one needs to do is start looking at the api and in matter of time you would be able to figure out how it works.

Joe is also a big fan of message passing shared-nothing concurrency architecture and that goes without saying as he’s the creator of Erlang. He also praises Prolog and having fiddled with that language for a week or two, I can vouch for the fact that it will blow you mind away.

All in all a good read. I am now skipping Chapters midway that are boring me. for e.g. Douglas crockford was a boring one for me for it seemed lot to do with javascript.

By the way I am now trying to wrap my head around CSS and css frameworks this week, along with more advanced jQuery and AJAX using jQuery.  I need to come up to intermediate level skills in HTML/CSS/Javascript/jQuery.