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People, whether other geeks or “normal” people, we’re bad at them. They’re such an important part of our lives and jobs and the point of all the technology we love so much. Misunderstandings between people can be the root cause of so many vast, deep, frustrating, and expensive mistakes. Yet we put so little effort into understanding them, or learning how to work with people.
You can learn how to deal with people, and you can even learn to enjoy it. This tutorial gathers together some of the best speakers on “people topics” and teaches you—the programmer, the sysadmin, the DBA, the geek—how better to deal with people.
Even if you yourself are good with people, you probably work with someone who isn’t. This tutorial will give you an insight into how to deal with them, or drag them along.
Michael G Schwern has been programming Perl for over 10 years and is responsible for such modules as Class::DBI and Test::More. He writes for the Beautiful Code Blog as well as about Geek Ethology on http://geek2geek.info. In all probability, Michael has code on your computer. He can destroy CPAN at his leisure.
Michael currently resides in Portland, Oregon and has no intention of leaving. He runs Schwerniverse.com providing freelance QA, Software Engineering and Socialization consulting and training.
He owns no cars nor cats, though he kind of wants a cat.
Selena Deckelmann bikes herself to work everyday at Chris King Precision Components, a bicycle parts manufacturer in Portland, OR, where she is Information Systems Manager. She is User Group Liaison for the PostgreSQL Global Development Group. She currently leads PDXPUG, a PostgreSQL Users Group, and is helping start a programming group, Code-n-Splode, whose goal is to get more women involved in open source. In her spare time, she collects eggs from her chickens, gardens and occasionally mixes drinks for her local Perl Mongers group.
Ben is a member of Google’s Open Source Program Office, working on projects to promote the spread of open source software both inside and outside the company. He is a technical lead for Google Code’s open source project hosting service, available at http://code.google.com. He helped port Subversion to Google’s Bigtable technology, which now runs across numerous machines and serves over 80,000 open source repositories. Prior to Google, Ben spent five years with Collabnet as one of the original designers and founders of the Subversion project. He is still active in the Subversion community and is also a co-author of the O’Reilly book “Version Control with Subversion”. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and enjoys speaking with Brian Fitzpatrick at various conferences on topics both serious and irreverent.
Andy Lester (http://perlbuzz.com) is the lead programmer for Book Wholesalers Inc, (http://bwibooks.com/). He’s active in the Parrot, Perl 6 and Perl 5 projects, and maintains over a dozen testing-related modules. His current non-code project is a book for Pragmatic Bookshelf on job search strategies for programmers, sysadmins and other technical people.
Skud writes geeketiquette.com