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Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software by [Chandra, Vikram]
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About the Author

Born in New Delhi, India, in 1961, Vikram Chandra now divides his time between Bombay and Washington D.C. His debut novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, was awarded the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Best First Published Book. His collection of stories, Love and Longing in Bombay, was published in 1997 and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Eurasia region. It was also shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. His most recent novel, Sacred Games, was published in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Encore Awards.

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  • File Size: 1696 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (November 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 21, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ER809R0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Vikram Chanda's book is an intellectual challenge. He talks about coding software throwing in some interesting anecdotes about, and quotes from, some of the great minds in the history of coding Ada Byron, Alan Turing etc. but he also brings in a large chunk of Sanskrit linguistics and Indian philosophy of poetry. I found this interesting but did wonder at times how it was going to tie into the discussion of elegant code. I was relieved to find that TS Eliot also found the Indian philosophy challenging. Chandra does resolve his arguments in the end. I'm not sure who the audience for this book is, perhaps those interested in the philosophy of computing, if there is such a thing, but its certainly not a book I would recommend to the casual reader, despite enjoying it myself
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This one is another book fairly easy to comment on: as the title aptly describes that which follows: IT IS s-u-b-l-i-m-e .... and as a bonus of sorts, the reader need not be a bona-fide "geek" from the onset!! Easy to embrace in toto as the language used was not meant to dissuade but rather to encourage the reader to forge ahead as if a "geek manque"...In short, this text should easily satisfy the techno types as well as those curiously following the emergence of such and similar works.
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