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Developer Faceoff: Scott Bellware vs. JP Boodhoo

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I am pretty excited about this month’s Developer Faceoff: Scott Bellware vs. Jean-Paul Boodhoo – The War of the Short, Bald, and Passionate.

Scott Bellware is a software product designer and developer living in Austin, TX. He is probably best known for his brutal honesty and “get-off-your-ass” attitude, but only because Scott is super-human active in the conference and organization circuits having founded AgileATX, co-founded the Austin .NET UG, and organized numerous DevTeach and ALT.NET conferences. He has been a Microsoft MVP since 2004. His current passion is preaching the benefits of Agile and BDD development practices.

JP Boodhoo is an independent consultant best known for his tagline – Develop with Passion! He has a passion for sharing information with the development community by being featured on .NET Rocks, Polymorphic Podcast, and is a MVP. When not developing, he can be found relaxing with his wife and their four kids.

Although I hear JP has been growing some hair, I can’t think of a shorter, balder, and more passionate faceoff. Here we go!

Scott Bellware
Scott Bellware
JP Boodhoo
JP Boodhoo
1. How long have you been developing? 17 years professionally. I wrote my first code in 1981 on a TI-99/4A. 8yrs old to 9 yrs old -> 22yrs old to now (29). Total dev time = 8 years.
2. What is your favorite language to date? Ruby, presently. I love C# 3.5
3. What is your favorite pattern/architecture? I try hard not to end up with a favorite pattern or architecture for having seen how pattern fixation can ravage a project. I love smart client architectures.
4. Is formal academic education necessary for development? Yes, but I believe that formal and academic education can be self-directed and that entitled, traditional institutions do a poor job of it. It can definitely help, but it is no substitute for drive and passion.
5. Are software developers – engineers or artists? Both. There’s engineering in art and art in engineering. My business card title is Software Artist, creativity is key.
6. Do you blog? If so how long and how many subscribers? I have blogged. I have no idea how many subscribers. 2 years and 1 month, ~2500 subscribers (jpboodhoo.com)
7. If you could read only one blog, which one would you pick? The value of my blog roll is its diversity. If there were only one possible blogger to read, I’d stop reading. Tim Ferris, 4 hour work week baby!!
8. What is the biggest mistake you made along the way? I’ve invested faith into things that in retrospect are obviously faith-resistant. Going through periods of youthful arrogance where I discounted opinions of awesome coworkers.
9. Anyone in the software community you are star struck around? No, not really. There are probably a couple dozen people tied for first, and the list constantly adapts organically. Nope. Everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.
10. What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word? Analysis God

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8 Responses to “Developer Faceoff: Scott Bellware vs. JP Boodhoo”

  1. Craig Shoemaker on February 20th, 2008 8:55 am

    Developer Face Off

    There is a new developer face off going on over at CodeSqueeze: Scott Bellware vs JP Boodhoo . Exercise

  2. Russell Ball on February 20th, 2008 1:09 pm

    Excellent series! Keep it up….and I’m not just saying that because I’m bald and of modest stature myself…

    I hate to rock J.P.’s world, but for the record it is possible to put your pants on both legs at the same time by simply sitting down as you put them on. Don’t worry JP, I still voted for you despite this oversight…:-)

  3. Jamie on February 20th, 2008 3:32 pm

    I’m afraid anyone who lists “God” as the secret of their success doesn’t deserve to win!

  4. Max Pool on February 20th, 2008 4:08 pm

    @Jamie –

    If you knew JP that definitely would be his answer! Although not my bag of tea, faith can be a pretty strong motivator!

  5. Scott Bellware on February 24th, 2008 11:05 pm

    Thanks, JP! Finally remembered to add Ferris to my blog roll.

    (In retrospect, I’d change my secret of success from “Analysis” to “God” if Max would allow for it)

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  7. Giuseppe on March 11th, 2008 8:27 am

    Both of these gentlemen are passionate about what they do. They are contagious and that is a good thing! Kudos to them.

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