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Bruce Eckel --> The Incredible Skull

Mild mannered Bruce spends most of his days bicycling around the world, sculpting fantastic technical books, and giving conventional seminars. More often lately, though, he's transforming himself into...something else...which we may as well call The Incredible Skull.

After years of penning award-winning expositions of programming languages and software methodologies, Skull tells us that this year his personal coding has become ten times faster. (He attributes the jump to Python.)

In this interview, Bruce lets himself get excited by some pretty boring, barely sensible questions — and just skulls out! He goes off on a host of sharp observations in myriad directions, giving us some sense of what his new, self-pushing, collaborative training seminars might be like:

If I'm considering doing a project with someone who I haven't had any previous experience with, I find the best approach is to start with a small project where neither of us are committed to anything huge, and see how that goes. If it goes well, we continue, if it doesn't, we shake hands and part. It's a test, often one that produces something useful but a test nonetheless. In fact, a written contract is a test � enforcing a contract in the courts is usually more expensive than it's worth, but if you write down everything you think is in the agreement, in as much detail as you can come up with, and the other person balks at some aspects of the contract, then you've done a test � if they don't want to sign it, it means you have a disconnect somewhere, and it's vastly better to find this out before you climb into a project together than it is to discover that you're going in different directions after you're invested. It's something I learned in a great screenwriting seminar that I took from Robert McKee (it's called "Story Structure," and that's the part that interested me, although the screenwriting issues were also quite illuminating): a character presents a personae, which is who they want to think that they are. But when you put the character under some kind of stress, their behavior says who they really are. (
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