The Chandler project--driven by Mitch Kapor, the founder of Lotus Development and main author 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.
A great book which should be required reading for anyone with an interest in developing better software.
I've not enjoyed a book this much since I read Steven Levy's "Hackers" - the behind-the-scenes stories and discussions are just great.
The author tries to suggest that open source projects are not too good at coding from scratch, which I think is wrong.
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 6 months ago by Ken
A story about one specific software development project that went off the rails, with very little to say about software projects in general, why they fail, or why they succeed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Didn't care for this - found the project alternately boring and gossipy and just painful to witness. I didn't finish the book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Erica Robinson
This book is fun to read, very imformative , and touches many of the major problems that contemporary software engineers face. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shai Aharoni
Was a good book for showing the travesty through the years of computer evolution. This book is very well written and an easy read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jason M. Bartholomai
At the beginning of the book I thought Scott Rosenberg was going to fail in his narrative of a software development project. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jon
Scott Rosenberg wrote some great technology articles at Salon, and I've always enjoyed his writing style. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Upgrading a platform makes the author, the founder of SALON, cringe since there are so many things, (some unknown), that can go wrong. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mary E. Sibley