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Lawn Chairs and Programmers

Updated on July 11, 2024
By Pete Freitag

During the dot com boom - fancy Aeron chairs, desks made of lego's, and cool titles such as spider man were all the rage for web developers with funding.

The folks at, seam to have invested their funding in some huge monitors, and plastic lawn chairs:

picture of office

I am sure many of you would have gone with something like this:

pce chair

chairs monitors funding

Lawn Chairs and Programmers was first published on May 25, 2005.

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The advice of Kent Beck: "Cheap Desk, Nice Chair" ... "Get a really nice chair, skimping on the rest of the furniture if necessary."
by Keith Peters on 05/25/2005 at 1:21:40 PM UTC
Get laptops and work from the beach - why do coders need to be in an office anyway?

See the lawn chairs made me think of outside. That's something you dont want your developers thinking about :-o

and look at that - I spy a Mac Mini :)
by rob on 05/25/2005 at 1:26:48 PM UTC
I agree Keith, I would take Ken Beck's advice even further by saying Cheap Desk, Nice Chair - Cheap Computer, Nice Monitor.
by Pete Freitag on 05/25/2005 at 3:24:31 PM UTC