In an effort to give back to our developers, I hereby present to you
the Developer Education Book Campaign 2013 !
We'd like to give an educational present to our most active
contributors. The board has decided to buy a programming book for each
of the top 10 contributors of 2013! The ranking is determined by the
number of commits to trunk in the past 12 months, as calculated by
Kris de Gussem Alex Valavanis
Markus Engel Matthew Petroff
Nicolas Dufour Martin Owens
Tavmjong Bah Krzysztof Kosiński
Sebastian Wüst Alvin Penner
Thank you very much for your great work in 2013!!!
These 2013 rockstars can choose from one of the following books:
a) Effective C++, 3rd Ed.
by Scott Meyers
b) Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
by Martin Fowler
c) A Tour of C++ (C++11)
by Bjarne Stroustrup
The developer is also allowed to pass it on to the runner-up if he so
wishes. Because I initiated the book campaign, I will pass (don't worry,
I've already ordered my book ;).
So now you might think: wait a minute..., these coders get a book on how
to program... are they that bad? They are not bad; they could be even
better! We all can improve our coding, and there is no shame at all in
reading up and refreshing our coding skills. Every day I am reading
Stroustrup's C++11 tome in the train to work, no joke!
I hope you all will enjoy your present, and can perhaps share with us
the best things you've learned :-)
Cheers to a good start in 2014!
 I'm sorry if you feel this metric is unfair and skewed. We had to
agree on some metric, knowing that any metric is imperfect.