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  • April 18, 2008

1st Annual "Will Code For Food" Competition

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
NetBeans "enfant terrible" Jaroslav Tulach is writing a book on API design. It's looking pretty good and will certainly be interesting. Aside from teaching you everything you'll ever want to read about API design, it also presents an interesting history of several of the NetBeans APIs. You'll read why and how design decisions were made in NetBeans. You'll learn how to avoid the mistakes and benefit from all the wisdom of the API designers at NetBeans. Some great people are reviewing the book, so it should end up being a very good thing at the end.

Somewhere in the book, Jarda has a picture of the "Will Code HTML For Food" guy. it illustrates a point he's making in the book, about how programmers are needed everywhere, often regardless of skill. However, the publisher told him that the quality of the pic isn't very good, so yesterday Jan Chalupa took some pics of ourselves, so that we'd have a range of options to pick from, to replace the original low quality one. It was quite fun and we ended up with dozens of pics. Here are my personal favorites, one of each of the models that took part (Jaroslav Tulach, Tomas Stupka, David Simonek, and me):

The point of showing the above gallery of sad coders is that... they are here to inspire you because you can win a copy of Jarda's book, once it is released (sometime this year, probably). To win, get a pic such as the above taken of yourself. You need to look pathetic and sad. Or maybe not pathetic or sad, but edgy and toughened by life having punched you in the face. If your eyes are slightly crazed, reddened, and bulging, that's good too. Preferably you'll be displaying some weird or funny mismatch in clothing, corresponding to your supposed level of mental disarray. The background can be important too—if there's lots of graffiti in the background, for example, you could add a sense of desperation to the scene. Standing under a bridge also works. Rain would help as well. You'll need to be holding up a cardboard sign saying "Will Code HTML For Food" (or claiming you'll do something else programming-related for food). Then send it to me (geertjan DOT wielenga AT sun DOT com) and when the book is released the most pathetic picture will win a copy, signed by Jarda himself. Watch this space for further announcements and pics of early participants in this competition.

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Comments ( 12 )
  • Emilian Bold Friday, April 18, 2008

    I see they have a thing going there with long hair. You stand out immediatelly Geertjan :)

    Anyhow, I'd also suggest will code applets, AWT, desktop frameworks.

  • Kevin Loftus Monday, April 21, 2008

    Extremely distasteful. I dont see the reason to mock the homeless and destitute. There's nothing humorous about feeling so hopeless as to carry a cardboard sign and rely on the charity of others.

  • rs Monday, April 21, 2008

    Nice ... very nice :)

  • Geertjan Monday, April 21, 2008

    Nice suggestions, Emilian. Kevin, I don't think any of us were mocking the homeless and destitute. Thanks, rs, for the comment.

  • Lucius Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    Will code .NET for booze

  • Zach Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    When is the deadline?

  • Geertjan Wednesday, April 23, 2008

    Deadline is Friday, 1 August 2008!

  • Mark Kerzner Monday, April 28, 2008

    Same style as "Poverty Sucks"


    so all questions on good or bad should be referred to earlier pictures :)

  • Baileys Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    Is it possible to see the pictures that have been sent so far?

  • Mark Kerzner Saturday, August 30, 2008

    Everyone is holding the same placard. Some coincidence or mass produced placards

  • tester Friday, January 2, 2009


    acc habbo


  • gunnar-medial Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Probably that original "Will code HTML for food guy" was one of the genuine citizens that spend time on the street nearby the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

    It's a great place to sit for being donated giveaways, T-shirts and such from conference attendees and this helps those guys get along. I assume they asked this guy for a model job, gave him the sheet of paper and some dollars, took the shot. I'd go for the original any day. The copies are...well, only copies.

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