It’s not a collection of new work; it’s a compilation of essays previously published at various spots around the webIt’s not about the Mac, nor is it about programming — although there are several essays that touch on those topics, and othersJust like the title says, it’s about software, and, more importantly, about good writing about software.
我的贡献是“位置字段是新命令行“，恰好在一年前在这个网站上发表I didn’t choose it, Spolsky did, but if I有been approached and asked to pick one of my pieces for inclusion, “Location Field” very likely would have been itIt’s one of my favorites, and it’s also one that I think might have some staying power — meaning that it could be relevant, or least still interesting, a few years from now(It did not escape my attention, however, that I say nice things about one of Spolsky’s own essays in “Location Field”, but I truly believe this is coincidental to its inclusion; but, just in case Spolsky subsequently edits a second volume, I will say he’s a very handsome and clever fellow.)
I’m not getting any sort of royalties on the sales; Apress (the publishers, who were a pleasure to work with) paid me a nominal amount (emphasis on “nominal”) for the rights to include the essay, but it’s one of those cases where it really is an honor just to be included（订购书的副本通过亚马逊链接here on this site, however,将line my pockets with wads of referral-fee kickback cash.)
作者列表包括保罗格雷厄姆，科里多克托罗，Paul Ford，迈克尔“休息中的兰德“洛普，Clay Shirky, and many others（例如。亚伦斯瓦茨, who just finished his first year at Stanford; he’s writing acclaimed essays at an age when I did little more than sit around getting baked and playingNHL曲棍球'93on Sega Genesis.)
If you enjoy thoughtful, clever, carefully crafted essays on software, it really is a very good book.
I do obsess over the visual presentation of my work; and for my writing, that means layout and typographyAnd so my only reluctance before agreeing to participate in this book was a concern that the book would look badI’d rather not see my work published at all than see it published in a poorly-designed setting.
My concerns were unwarranted; this is a well-designed bookIn fact, the main body copy is set inSabon，我非常喜欢的文字脸I’m fond of several other Garamond-derived and/or -inspired faces —加拉蒙德3和Adobe Garamand, for example — but Sabon is the font family I’d choose to take with me to a desert island该覆盖也很好。
One of the fringe benefits of procreation is that you finally find yourself on the receiving end of the Father’s Day racketAnd so speaking of good books, that’s exactly what I got from the wife: a copy of斯坦利库布里克档案馆，一个巨大的，美丽的，精美细致的大部头edited by Alison Castle with full cooperation of the Kubrick estate and published by TaschenIncluded with each first edition is a 12-frame strip of film from one of Kubrick’s own 70mm prints of2001年：太空漫游; mine shows a landscape in the “Dawn of Man” sequence.
And so of course come Monday morning, my first thought was to ping my friend and fellow Kubrick devotee Jim Coudal so I could brag to him about what my wife bought me — and but it ends upthe highlight gift of他的父亲节是同一本书的副本In fact, his strip of film from2001年also seems to be from the “Dawn of Man” sequence, so assuming the strips are being included in chronological order, order now and you might get the sequence with thebest cut in the history of cinema.