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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
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 is fun to read, very imformative , and touches many of the major problems that contemporary software engineers face. Read morePublished 8 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 9 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 11 months ago by Jon
Scott Rosenberg wrote some great technology articles at Salon, and I've always enjoyed his writing style. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Me and My Kindle
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 14 months ago by Mary E. Sibley
The book starts off well but I abandoned the book about two thirds of the way in and began skimming to see how it ends. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rick S
The book chronicles the development of the Chandler open source project. Chandler was initially envisioned as a replacement for Microsoft Outlook that provided more flexibility and... Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Marvin C.
The best aspect of "Dreaming in Code," by Scott Rosenberg, is the question it poses: why is developing software so hard? Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Robert H. Stine Jr.
There are many reasons why the book deserves the wide audience that it ultimately achieved. The work teaches us how the programs we use daily are developed; it teaches us how the... Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Berglund Center for Internet Studies