I’m not a regular reader of Joel on Software, but he’s started a new “Ask Joel” forum that’s been generating some interesting conversations.
One is on Offshoring and features the usual offshoring is evil discussion, and a bit too much sucking up to Joel, but it also has some additions from people who work within the offshore companies, as well as other discussions about programming being a commodity, and globalization.
I particularly like the idea of bringing together developers from countries that have lost jobs with developers in countries who have gained jobs due to globalization – would be an interesting chat, wouldn’t it?
The second thread that interested me personally was Joel talking about his new book with Apress . Book branding is one topic in the thread, and both Tim O’Reilly and Gary Cornell from Apress add comments. What caught my attention, though, was a statement Joel made:
Whenever I’ve had any kind of issue no matter how tiny Gary always laid down the law: the author is always right 😉
The …author is always right. I’ll have to remember that.
I imagine that the forums will degenerate quickly, as these things do, but I found the discussion today of interest.
No comments, though, attached to Gina’s post. So guess there’s no forum for the girls to talk, either.