Contradicting the Old Testament and Yoda in one fell swoop, Paul Graham discusses what it means to be an outsider in the programming world.
He ties Rails developersâ€™ outsider status to other disciplines such as art, and talks about the hopes and joys, fears and frustrations of standing on the outside and looking in on the mainstream.
Paul on Paul: The Biography. (Taken from his Web site.)
Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer. In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web-based application, Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. In 2002 he described a simple Bayesian spam filter that inspired most current filters. Heâ€™s currently working on a new programming language called Arc, a new book on startups, and is one of the partners in Y Combinator.
Paul is the author of On Lisp (Prentice Hall, 1993), ANSI Common Lisp (Prentice Hall, 1995), and Hackers & Painters (Oâ€™Reilly, 2004). He has an AB from Cornell and a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard, and studied painting at RISD and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.
His site paulgraham.com got 8.1 million page views in 2005.