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JOEL ON SOFTWARE: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by Joel Spolsky

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part twoManaging Developers

twentyTHE GUERILLA GUIDETO INTERVIEWING

FRIDAY, June 4, 2004

Pop quiz.

A motley gang of anarchists, free-love advocates, and banana-rights agitators have hijacked The Love Boat out of Puerto Vallarta and are threatening to sink it in seven days with all 616 passengers and 327 crew members unless their demands are met. The demand? A million dollars in small unmarked bills, and a GPL implementation of WATFIV, the esteemed Waterloo Fortran IV compiler. (It's surprising how few things the free-love people can find to agree on with the banana-rights people.)

As chief programmer of the Festival Cruise programming staff, you've got to decide if you can deliver a Fortran compiler from scratch in seven days. You've got a ...

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