Programming Books C Java PHP Python Learn more Browse Programming Books
Buy Used
$26.63
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by owlsbooks
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Book is used, fast shipping and great customer service.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The mythical man-month and other essays on software engineering Paperback – January 1, 1974


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$22.65

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Shop the new tech.book(store)
New! Introducing the tech.book(store), a hub for Software Developers and Architects, Networking Administrators, TPMs, and other technology professionals to find highly-rated and highly-relevant career resources. Shop books on programming and big data, or read this week's blog posts by authors and thought-leaders in the tech industry. > Shop now

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: #3,662,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
0
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
0
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
The Mythical Man-Month, Brooks

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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?