Joel on Software, RIP

I’ll be the first to admit that my occasional dispatches probably touch on too many topics — photography, global development, the future of my software engineering career, and deconstructing American life. I will probably never have the kind of loayal readership that sites dedicated to one topic have: sites like Museum Blogging, Conscientious, Steve on Image Processing, and Chapati Mystery. I have no defense for this bloggy (and mental) untidiness, but I appreciate those of you who visit my website regularly. And for those of you who find a page out here in the long tail via search, Welcome!

So I have little basis as an author to criticize others. But as a reader, there I have standing.

Joel Spolsky, I am very disappointed with the turns your Joel on Software journal has taken. We used to be able to count on you for great articles on the sociology of software. We trusted you and liked you, which is more than I can say about other respectable authors. You were hip and relevant and incisive. But now I agree that you’ve jumped the shark. I was holding out hope, but Tuesday’s article about your new mobile phone, well that was the last straw. Literally. It was bad enough once you started praising all of the great things your FugCreek software company was doing, and how you got a Google (TM) search box, and that you’re giving away educations to needy young guns, but I mean it, this is too much (too little?). I’m through.

I’m taking my ball and glove over to Coding Horror.

How about you, dear readers? Have you been let down by a long-time favorite blog? What was your rebound site?

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2 Responses to Joel on Software, RIP

  1. Steve Eddins says:

    I haven’t been keeping up Joel lately, myself. But I don’t know about Coding Horror, either. This Coding Horror post just about made me spew my drink all over my nice new monitor:

  2. Jeff Mather says:

    Jeff Atwood took a bit of heat for that “It’s so important you should know about it already so I’m not going to tell you newbs about it” post.

    Nobody’s perfect, not even new flings.

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