A wide-ranging set of essays by a long-time Silicon Valley insider. Gabriel muses on software development, factors that have led to the success or failure of software companies, the nature of successful programming languages, and more. Evidently, Gabriel is currently writing poetry, and his concern for language and the well-turned phrase shows up in this book as well.
"This is a clear, insightful book that takes an alternative look at some of the broader issues surrounding software development.... The commentary on the work of Christopher Alexander, currently being taken up so fervently by the software architecture community, is particularly appealing."--Sanjiv Gossain, Associate Director, Cambridge Technology Partners
"The essays are both entertaining and insightful.... Gabriel has an outstanding command of English which makes his writing readable and entertaining."--Steve Bilow, Journal of Object-Oriented Programming
"...Gabriel is an illuminating guide, providing fresh and invigorating perspectives guaranteed to stick with you long after you boot up."--San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle