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The Chandler project--driven by Mitch Kapor, the founder of Lotus Development and main designer of its 1-2-3 spreadsheet, and later co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation--isn't the primary point of Dreaming in Code, though reading about software people and their social behavior is at least as interesting as reading about that of meerkats or monkeys. Rather, Chandler is a rhetorical device with which Rosenberg takes on the big questions: How do software development teams work (or not)? Why does the reuse of software modules rarely work altogether correctly? Does open-source development by volunteers on the Internet lead to innovation or just insanely bifurcated chaos? Chandler helps his readers think more clearly about all of these issues; however, "answers" to these questions are, of course, not to be had, which is one of his points.
The problem with books about technical subjects that aspire to appeal to a general audience, particularly computers and software, is that such subjects are so far outside the realm of familiarity of most people that the prose bogs down in analogy and metaphor. Rosenberg manages to avoid too much of that and deliver a readable account of software development and culture. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
as a developer it drags a bit and it feels a tad dated BUT absolutely tells the raw truth of the difficulty in developing software that the entire industry faces. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vivace
This is an incredibly fascinating book that anyone that has ever been a programmer should read. Those problems that frustrate all of us and we are sure that no one else faces are... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frank D. Evans
"Dreaming on Code" are two books mixed together into one. One of the books is the observation of the author of a multi-year high-profile software development project. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bas Vodde
Never dreamt I would like this book but a friend insisted so I picked up a copy. I LOVE this book. Unable to put it down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Howard Adamsky
I was required to read this book for a software engineering class. I can say that I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book. Unfortunately, the last section tend to drag on. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ashlynlee13
More suitable for someone who is just starting their career in software development.
For anyone else who has been in the industry for a while, the stories in this book are all... Read more
This book should be required reading for anyone thinking of making programming a career. It is an easy read, but has some real insights on the real world and coding. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ken