Joel Spolsky is wrong about my work
In a recent podcast, Joel Spolsky makes comments that make clear his lack of knowledge of what I do and what I say. His work has not afforded him the opportunity to evaluate the quantity or quality of my work as a programmer. The second edition of Extreme Programming Explained, Implementation Patterns and my recent work on Responsive Design are not checklists.
It is ironic that he tried to use a phrase I coined, “You aren’t going to need it,” to dismiss my approach to software development. If he needs a target for a rant, perhaps he should re-consider his own need to rant. It does nothing to advance the state of our practice.
I would rather not respond, but if I don’t then public perception becomes what he says by default. He has worked hard to become famous, but he hasn’t figured out that along with notoriety comes responsibility. He is a bright, experienced guy and certainly capable of more accurate, thoughtful, and constructive conversation.