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This is our October issue, and for many of us, October is a time of witches and spirits and too much candy. Scary stuff. In that spirit, we’ve scattered October and Halloween references throughout the issue, some of them more overt than others. Consider them our October Easter eggs.

Moving right along...

We’ve got another Guru Meditation by Andy Hunt that I think you’ll find memorable. And this issue introduces a new column by The Agile Samurai author Jonathan Rasmusson. It’s called “Way of the Agile Warrior” and the first one takes on the ten questions you’d be crazy not to ask at the start of any project.

Brian Hogan, author of HTML5 and CSS3, looks at new features in HTML5 that can make it easy to make your sites more accessibile. Jeff Langr and Tim Ottinger, authors of our upcoming Agile in a Flash card deck, talk about what Agile is not. Hew Wolff offers a spirited defense of the thesis that good code tells the truth; Dan Wohlbruck has another history article, this one focusing on the invention of the telegraph; and Jeremy Bingham gets into the spirit of the season by taking us on a shopping trip.

We also have the usual quiz, events calendar, and collection of interesting bits harvested from the fields of tweet. Oh, and John Shade finds a kindred spirit in Linus Torvalds, only to lose him again before column’s end.

So welcome to this issue. We hope if finds you in good spirits.

Next issue, along with the technical articles, we’ll be tackling a subject close to our hearts: writing. We’ll talk with Susannah Pfalzer, who took on the job of Managing Editor for The Pragmatic Bookshelf earlier this year. We’ll ask her what it’s like to write a pragmatic book for us, and how you can get your foot in the door. We’ll delve into what we think makes a good technical book, and offer some writing advice. Who knows, maybe we’ll even include a little fiction or poetry. Watch for it on Wednesday, November 3.