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The mythical man-month and other essays on software engineering Paperback – 1974

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Dept. of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1 edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8178082535
  • ISBN-13: 978-8178082530
  • ASIN: B0006WPPOI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,702,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Mythical Man-Month

The original version would have been better if it documented Brooks failure when he was in charge of the OS/360 Project for one year. Brooks' background is in engineering, not programming. His observations are personal opinion, not Absolute Truth. Those who are impressed with this book appear to have little practical experience. Woe to any programmer who disputes his manager because 'Brooks says so'! Should a manager of programming also be a programmer? GE and RCA said "no", IBM said "yes". History has answered that question. This 20th anniversary edition reminds me of an old computer program that has been modified to meet new needs. Chapter 16 through 19 have been added, as if there was no need for any other changes in the earlier chapters. But many of the examples in the earlier chapters became obsolete with virtual programming, faster machines, and bigger memories. The programmers of that Golden Age are now on the beach or have gone underground. The new era of Windows and Intel, with offshore jobs, have turned mainframe programmers into a new version of 19th century whalers and buffalo hunters. As I understand it, the problems of OS/360 were due to: a new machine architecture, a new assembler language, and new people with less experience. In time these problems were overcome. Some might compare the effort to the Union Army in 1861-62,

Chapter 16 speaks of the folklore nightmares of werewolves! Is he kidding? Brooks needs to see "Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman" to update his knowledge. Software costs have dropped rapidly, as the price for Windows 2000 shows. Brooks confuses mass-production with custom work. You can compare stick-built houses to modular houses, more common outside the USA they say.
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