One of the great sources of productivity and effectiveness in the community of computer professionals is the
willingness of active practitioners to take time from their busy lives to share some of the lessons they have learned
and the techniques they have perfected. Much of the sharing takes place through online news groups, through web
postings, and through presentations at technical meetings, and those who are able to take the time to scan the
newsgroups, surf the web, and attend the meetings often gain measurably from those interactions....