Masterminds of Programming features exclusive interviews with the creators of several historic and highly influential programming languages. In this unique collection, you'll learn about the processes that led to specific design decisions, including the goals they had in mind, the trade-offs they had to make, and how their experiences have left an impact on programming today. Masterminds of Programming includes individual interviews with: Adin D. Falkoff: APL; Thomas E. Kurtz: BASIC; Charles H. Moore: FORTH; Robin Milner: ML; Donald D. Chamberlin: SQL; Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan: AWK; Charles Geschke and John Warck: PostScript; Bjarne Stroustrup: C++; Bertrand Meyer: Eiffel; Brad Cox and Tom Love: Objective-C; Larry Wall: Perl; Simon Peyton Jones, Paul Hudak, Philip Wadler, and John Hughes: Haskell; Guido van Rossum: Python; Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo and Roberto Ierusalimschy: Lua; James Gosling: Java; Grady Booch, Ivar Jacobson, and James Rumbaugh: UML; and, Anders Hejlsberg: Delphi inventor and lead developer of C#. If you're interested in the people whose vision and hard work helped shape the computer industry, you'll find Masterminds of Programming fascinating.
Federico Biancuzzi is a freelance interviewer. His interviews appeared on publications such as ONLamp.com, LinuxDevCenter.com, SecurityFocus.com, NewsForge.com, Linux.com, TheRegister.co.uk, ArsTechnica.com, the Polish print magazine BSD Magazine, and the Italian print magazine Linux&C.Shane Warden is the Online Managing Editor at O'Reilly Media. He promotes free and open source software for O'Reilly's Open Technology Exchange. In practice, this means editing and researching. He is a co-author of The Art of Agile Development. He has contributed to several projects including Perl 5, Perl 6, Pugs, and, these days, Parrot. Someday, he'd like to claim some responsibility for improving the quality of all software.