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SDWest 2006: My McConnell Moment

I'll be attending SDWest 2006 all next week (March 13 - 17) in Santa Clara, California.

If you're attending, let's meet up somewhere! I've met a handful of people in person at past conferences:

The highlight of SDWest, however, will hopefully be meeting Steve McConnell, who is giving the keynote on Monday.


McConnell was my first coding hero.*

I discovered his book Code Complete in 1994 and it was a revelation. Programming is such a solitary pursuit, and particularly so in those pre-internet days. In Code Complete, I found an amazingly passionate, incredibly literate, and consummately professional programmer to learn from. Code Complete convinced me that writing software is what I want to do for the rest of my life. The book-- now upgraded to version 2.0-- has been my bible ever since.

Update: Steve was very gracious, talking at some length with me both before and after his keynote. He even signed my copy of Code Complete 2. As he said, "I guess I should sign on a page with a Coding Horror":

To Jeff Atwood, with every good wish. Hope my signature isn't too horrifying! Steve McConnell, Santa Clara, CA. March 13 '06

Who are your coding heroes-- and why?

* and hey, I'm not the only one.

Written by Jeff Atwood

Indoor enthusiast. Co-founder of Stack Exchange and Discourse. Disclaimer: I have no idea what I'm talking about. Find me here: