Welcome to the Hackers and Painters book discussion.
This book is more a collection of essays than it is one complete linear book. As a result, it makes more sense to discuss each chapter separately. There will be one discussion thread per chapter that will be phased in over time. Also, the chapters are not in a particular order -- so we'll be discussing them out of sequence with the book.
The book is roughly half about programming and the rest about life in general. We'll oscilate between the two topics each time a new chapter is introduced. The discussion will start with Chapter 5, The Other Road Ahead discussing web applications. As a client developer, I am very interested in this topic and thought it would be a great way to get started. In a few days we'll switch over to the non-progamming specific chapters and start a discussion on Chapter 4, Good Bad Attitude. Then we'll go back to another programming chapter. Rinse and repeat.
In addition to the chapter topics, there will also be one general topic that will be used to host broader discussion about the book tone, form, and other general concepts.