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Lord of the Files: Essays on the Social Aspects of Software Engineering by [Ovans, Russell]
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"A fun read - or funny read - or fanciful read - an enjoyable read - an honest (to the point of being maybe too honest) - reflection on the life story/lessons learned of a software engineer, entrepreneur, CEO and computer science professor."
   - Will Tracz, ACM Software Engineering Notes

From the Back Cover

This is not your father's Mythical Man Month.

Software engineering is a social activity; forget that and your career is lost...

So begins this humorous series of biographical essays written for anyone interested in technology business management, software engineering and design, or a career in the technology sector.

Sensitive to the frailties of the human condition and full of innovative survival and success strategies for students, programmers, managers, and entrepreneurs, Lord of the Files emphasizes the importance of empathy, introspection, and the acceptance of oneself and others on the journey to good software.

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  • File Size: 563 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Thought Pilots (August 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I0442W
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By Sam Candle on February 18, 2015
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This book helped me survive working at a large company.

The man speaks with an obvious authority, and yet makes sure to only relate his own experiences.

The man was surprisingly even-handed about the issues he faced, and the book was a welcome relief for my imagination from the day-to-day work of coding.
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An entertaining, engaging and quick read - ideal airplane fodder. Russell describes the characters and characteristics of software engineers and testers with amusing anecdotal insights into the software industry from the perspective of an industry veteran, university professor and CEO of a successful 3rd-attempt start-up. Chock full of colorful examples explaining phenomena such as the such as "the Resentful Phase" of the Software Engineer Life Cycle and why no-one ever got laid for buying IBM equipment.
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What a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed this author's edgy wit, lampooning and ability to integrate story telling with instruction. He has taken a dry, technical subject matter and infused it with some high-octane entertainment value that both the technically illiterate and proficient alike can relate to. Although it seems primarily targeted to those contemplating a career in software engineering, there's enough wit, wisdom and good business advice to keep it relative to those of us outside the industry. The author's style shares a similarity to the movie Office Space, where observing the ridiculous is used to make a point.
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I would consider "Lord of the Files" a rare gem.
Russ is insightful, blunt, and hugely iconoclastic in this book about the profession and business of software development. His writing style is easy to read, filled with humorous anecdotes from his personal experiences being a university professor, a teenage geek, a Silicon Valley tech guru, and a founder of a successful social gaming company.
It was interesting to read about Russ Ovans' experiences building and selling Backstage, arguably the first company to produce social games with virtual currency on Facebook. And, its nice to know Russ made his millions, in around 3 years.
In future editions of this book, I would encourage Russ to share more about his Backstage experiences, how to scale a fast growing web product, the trials and wins in going viral, competing against Zynga, and much more.
I would have liked to give this book 4.5 stars, but opted for 4 stars to make a point. A couple more chapters on Backstage would have been grand!
Still, for myself with one foot in computer science and one foot in tech entrepreneurship, I engulfed this book, and was left wanting more.
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Russell's ability to tell a story and teach you something at the same time really comes through in this book. With its clear and honest discussion regarding the life of a programmer, Lord of the Files should be required reading for all software engineers...and their managers. At the same time the humorous insights and retrospective commentary make for a very enjoyable read that can be appreciated by all.
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I really enjoyed Lord of the Files. Although some of the more technical stuff was lost on me (I don't work with computers), most of the book felt like a conversation with you over a beer. I look forward to reading more of your essays.
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