Developer Faceoff: Scott Bellware vs. JP BoodhooFiled Under Developer Faceoff
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!
|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|