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The Software Artists: Citations for Part Two

Citations for the section “Pedagogy and Practice in
Software and in Guitar”

Some of Joel Spolsky's writing about working with young
software creators is at these links:
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/CollegeAdvice.html
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/ThePerilsofJavaSchools.html
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2008/01/08.html

Thoughtworks University had been called “Thoughtworks Boot
Camp” until the author had to explain the term upon crossing an
international border in 2005. A description of Thoughtworks
University is here:
http://www.thoughtworks.com/work-for-us/TWU.html

Some representative citations from IEEE publications about poor
software education are:
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=/iel5/8994/28540/01276501.pdf
http://stevemcconnell.com/ieeesoftware/eic12.htm
http://csdl2.computer.org/persagen/DLAbsToc.jsp?resourcePath=/dl/mags/so/&toc=comp/mags/so/2002/05/s5toc.xml&DOI=10.1109/MS.2002.1032848

The citation from CrossTalk is here:
http://www.stsc.hill.af.mil/CrossTalk/2008/01/0801DewarSchonb erg.html

Samples of the discussion of the apprentice/journeyman/master
model in software are at these links:
http://butunclebob.com/ArticleS.UncleBob.TheProgrammingDoj o
http://www.mcbreen.ab.ca/SoftwareCraftsmanship/

Of particular interest is Dave Hoover's account of hearing Bob
Martin's presentation at Agile2007:
http://redsquirrel.com/cgi-bin/dave

The developers at Atomic Object also believe that software is a
craft:
http://www.atomicobject.com/pages/Software+as+a+Craft

Brian Marick's blog post about skill, discipline, ease, and joy is
here:
http://www.exampler.com/blog/2007/05/16/six-years-later-what-the-agile-manifesto-left-out/

This interview with Robert Fripp was very helpful:
http://emusician.com/em_spotlight/fripp_philosophy_guitar_craft/

Eric Tamm's biography of Robert Fripp has a wealth of
information. Chapters 10 an 11 concern Guitar Craft, and were
very helpful:
http://www.progressiveears.com/frippbook/contents.htm

The Guitar Craft website is
http://www.guitarcraft.com/
The site behaves oddly sometimes though, so a direct link to “A
Preface to Guitar Craft is here:
http://www.guitarcraft.com/?np=5&&id=4

A number of Robert Fripp quotes are here:
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/robert_fripp.html

The description of Bob Martin's ideas of “professionalism” come
from the abstract of his presentation at Agile2007:
http://www.agile2007.com/agile2007/index.php?page=sub/&id=649

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