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Joel on Software


by Joel Spolsky
Monday, June 10, 2002

So far I've got volunteers for 22 languages -- cool! The articles are starting to come in. Everything will be reviewed by a second copy editor before I post it.

If you are fluent in a language other than English and would like to help out, there are still lots of great opportunities. If you only have a small amount of time, why not copy edit a single article? (Copy editing basically means proofread it, correct any spelling or grammar mistakes, and rewrite anything that is not written clearly enough.) If you have more time, you can translate an article or two. Pick your favorite. If you're really ambitious, you can sign up for the 4-part Painless Functional Specifications (still available in most languages) or the 9 chapter UI For Programmers, available in every language except French and Spanish.

Have you been wondering about Distributed Version Control? It has been a huge productivity boon for us, so I wrote Hg Init, a Mercurial tutorial—check it out!

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I’m Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, a New York company that proves that you can treat programmers well and still be highly profitable. Programmers get private offices, free lunch, and work 40 hours a week. Customers only pay for software if they’re delighted. We make Trello, easy web-based collaboration software, FogBugz, an enlightened bug tracking and software development tool, and Kiln, a distributed source control system that will blow your socks off. I’m also the co-founder and CEO of Stack Exchange. More about me.

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