The 15 interviews are of varying quality, maybe reflecting the interviewee personalities and making their reading a different experience for each one. For instance, I loved Ken Thompson's interview, but I hated Bernie Cosell's.
Some of the conclusions one can draw from the interviews may be provocative, and I have to admit that I agree with many of them. For instance, not many of the coders are fond of C++ of Java.
I think this is due to the fact that the chosen people are usually old-school veterans, or are very much into systems or functional programming. I don't think the samples are random enough, so I believe the conclusions may be biased.
It is anyway an interesting read and useful to learn something about these fascinating coders. At least it has interested me enough to tackle on "The Art of Computer Programming"!...Continua