Book Review: Dreaming in Code

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Dreaming in Code
Scott Rosenberg
2007
★★★★☆

Dreaming in Code is a glimpse at the world of com­puter pro­gram­ming, its cul­ture and its his­tory, through the story of the team that built Chan­dler. Chan­dler was sup­posed to be a rev­o­lu­tion­ary ap­pli­ca­tion; in­stead it cost mil­lions of dol­lars, took years to build, and was barely used be­fore the com­pany shut down.

Rosen­berg tells the story of the team as they build Chan­dler, ex­plain­ing terms and re­lat­ing anec­dotes along the way. For some­one like me with a de­gree and five years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, there’s not much new in­for­ma­tion, but that did­n’t lessen my en­joy­ment. I’d rec­om­mend this book to any­one study­ing soft­ware de­vel­op­ment, as well as those who are just cu­ri­ous, “What ex­actly do com­puter pro­gram­mers do?”

As Dr. Don­ald Knuth said, “Soft­ware is hard”; by the end of Dreaming in Code you’ll have a good grasp on why.

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