- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Dorset House; Annual, Subsequent edition (September 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0932633420
- ISBN-13: 978-0932633422
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recently reread parts of The Psychology of Computer Programming that seemed very radical to me when I first read them in 1971. As I look around at today's programmers, I can see what a large, beneficial effect that work has had. --Richard Mateosian, IEEE Micro
The Psychology of Computer Programming . . . was the first major book to address programming as an individual and team effort, and became a classic in the field. . . . Despite, or perhaps even because of, the perspective of 1971, this book remains a must-read for all software development managers. --J.J. Hirschfelder, Computing Reviews
Whether you're part of the generation of the 1960's and 1970's, or part of the current generation . . . you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this wonderful book. Once you've digested it, you should then track down all [twenty] of the other Weinberg textbooks published by Dorset House. . . . Every one of them is a jewel. --Ed Yourdon, Cutter IT E-Mail Advisor
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Internationally respected for his innovative thinking on both human and technical issues, GERALD M. WEINBERG focuses on ways to help people improve their productivity. A highly influential author, lecturer, and consultant, he draws on experiences gained in all three roles, as well as from a long technical career as a software developer and researcher.
Gerald M. Weinberg has written on topics ranging from computer systems and programming to education and problem solving -- and most recently, on writing, itself, and fiction! He is author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty Dorset House books.
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Gerry pretty-much summed it up himself in his Epilogue when he quotes a reviewer who spent a delightful afternoon reading it, but finding little of value in the book. I, also, enjoyed the parts that reflected the times.
My biggest disappointment was with the new material. The approach taken was to add retrospectives at the ends of sections, but the thoughts-after are, well, after thoughts. And, I was bitter that the author or the publisher didn't take the occasion of the new edition to clean up the errors and typos left in the 25-year-old book. Too tired, I guess.
I did get continuing chuckles at prospects of 60s commune-style programming groups self-organizing, self-planning, and self-directing. Occasionally, a big laugh.
But the main message is very relevant and very priceless: programming is a human activity that is still not well understood. Even as technology changes the human issues seem to remain fairly constant and require attention.
You would read this book for the same reason you would read 'The Prince' by Machiavelli.
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