[UFO Chicago] Paul Graham essays

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Tue Aug 30 23:08:01 CDT 2005

I've found that some of his essays are quite good, while others are incredibly 
sophomoric.  Anything involving LISP falls into the latter category.  

Now, I don't have anything against LISP per se, having only used it a tiny 
bit, but his believe that it's inherently better because you're working with 
data structures directly is ridiculous.  If I'm working in Java, PHP, C++, 
Perl, or whatnot, it's because I don't want to be dealing with data 
structures directly.  That's the point!

His best essay, and the first one I read, is, I believe, this one:


For good tech books, my recent acquisitions have been SitePoint books on web 
design.  I don't know if that's up your alley, but "The CSS Anthology"[1] is 
a good quick read that manages to be both a cook book and tutorial at the 
same time, plus give just enough theory to make the rest of the theory make a 
lot more sense.  

"DHTML Utopia"[2] is also a good introduction to modern, real Javascript, 
which has (finally!) gotten to the point where one can do non-stupid 
mass-market things with it. :-)  It doesn't do enough JS theory, I feel, 
given that Javascript is very weird to anyone used to C/C++/Java or even 
PHP/Python/Perl (it's kinda LISP-ish, just to confuse people), but it's still 
a useful book if you're into that sort of thing.  

If the web isn't your thing, then ignore both of these. :-)  There are 4 free 
sample chapters for each, though, so it's easy to get a feel for them.

[1] http://www.sitepoint.com/books/cssant1/
[2] http://www.sitepoint.com/books/dhtml1/

On Tuesday 30 August 2005 04:45 pm, Brian Sobolak wrote:
> If you haven't read any Paul Graham essays, I'd highly recommend doing so.
>  He has a great book on O'Reilly titled "Hackers And Painters", but you
> can read most of the essays online too.
> http://www.paulgraham.com/articles.html
> He posted a newish one recently about something that's come up a lot at
> the meetings, job security.  Neil, you might enjoy reading this:
> http://www.paulgraham.com/ladder.html
> Anyone else have any good tech books (or any decent books) to recommend?
> I'm craving new material.
> brian
> --
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