Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software

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Three Rivers Press, 2008 - Business & Economics - 403 pages
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Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, that litter the history of software development, from the famous 'mythical man-month' to Extreme Programming. Not just for technophiles but for anyone captivated by the drama of invention, 'Dreaming in Code' offers a window into both the information age and the workings of the human mind.

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User Review  - pierthinker - LibraryThing

Rosenberg attempts to do for software what Tracy Kidder did for hardware in 'The Soul of a New Machine' back in the early 1980s. Rosenberg follows a team of software developers as they attempt to ... Read full review

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User Review  - librisissimo - LibraryThing

Substance: Short story made long. Work in progress just kept progressing. There's a moral in here for software developers (or any dreamers who let the dream get ahead of the production). Style: Entertaining; mix of technical info and personal data. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Scott Rosenberg is a writer and editor who started making web pages in 1994 as an editor of the San Francisco Free Press and as a co-founder of Salon in 1995, where he was both a technology and managing editor. He began blogging in 2002, and is currently a contributor to Backchannel, Steven Levy's technology-focused publication. His book, Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters, tells the story of blogging. His follow-up, Dreaming in Code, discusses software development and its discontents.

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