tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..
He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.
Advantages of being in a university: near unlimited reading material, that you couldnt get your hands on elsewhere... case in point, I saw a copy of Ed Yourdon's Death March book. Its been out of print for a while, so I was pretty glad to read it. About three chapters into it now.
Oooh, the Badger book is out. Next demonstration paycheck is going to be spent at Amazon