I've spent a decade building web applications, everything from guestbooks and shopping carts to enterprise reporting and high volume servers. I can read any programming language and have dabbled in quite a few, but I'm most intimately familiar with PHP and Perl (and oh, I heart Perl). Lately I've jumped on the Ruby on Rails bandwagon, and if you spent even one day going through the book, you probably would, too.
I am most informed by the things I read, which means books and blogs. I'll try to review books here on a regular basis (but I tend not to do that so we'll see). Here are a few favorites:
- Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture by Martin Fowler
- The Cluetrain Manifesto by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls and David Weinberger
- The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
- Credo by William Sloane Coffin
As for the blogs, you can find a list on the the front page (in the sidebar over to the right). It only covers a small fraction of the blogs I actually read each day, so I'll try to update it.