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The Zen of Programming Paperback – March, 1988
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For all of us who mastered more than three assembly languages and learned to code as well as understand the peripheral registers- this is the darned best book about the way it all was. If you ever sat at the trade show as the beanie guy with the propeller while the marketers sang and the demo dollies danced, then the whole crew hushed when a visitor knew enough to ask you a simple tech question-- you are going to love this book. If you read a chapther and laugh, and imagine when you or your friend so_and_so did exactly what was described, then you are the audience. If you pick it up and just don't start smiling or laughing, put it back down and walk away. It is like a full length location joke: you had to be there.
But what I loved the most is the Introduction
If you are looking for a way or a method for better programming this is NOT the book you want, get Zen and the Art of System Analysis. There is no approach here or method. Its just list of past "stories" collected in a book as I said.
Its fun to read, I wouldn't say a piece of junk though
I found it to be full of amusing, thoughtful parables, not only about programming, but about business as well. I find myself referring back to it year after year.
The Zen-like Koans, quotes, and stories will have you contemplating the nature of the environment that you work in (if you work in Corporate America) and will probably provoke a chuckle or a wry grin many times through your read.
You can read it in certainly less than an hour, and it is very well worth that expenditure of effort.
It may also open your eyes a little wider when the universe unfolds in a particularly pleasing or expected manner...
Overall...the author starts off good...but starts racing towards the end...more in a hurry to complete the book. The funny paret is that when the author tries to race towards the end, he shoots of awesome quotes...that are really worth to remember while using them in everyday life.
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