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Dream In Code, the Novel

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As I sashayed down the technical aisle at the local library, this caught my eye. I said self, (which is what I call myself), that title reminds me of a place I spend a good deal of time; I think I shall read this text.

Trademark violation and/or copyright infringement aside (the book was published in 2007, six years after the glorious founding here, but I digress), the book chronicles the events of a software team constructing an application to compete with the likes of Outlook and similarly functioned programs. Interspersed throughout the book are chapters unrelated to the aforementioned saga; stories of software development, "laws" (Moore, Hofstadter, others), and interesting tidbits related to the profession.

Anyone who has been in the industry for at least one Earth minute can relate (depressingly so) to the misfortunes that befall the team: poorly construed deadlines, meetings from hell, and the always present "new features versus bug fixes". The book can get dry at times, often reading as a case study with additional prose thrown in for good measure.

There are many great quotes throughout, but one that sums up the essence of the book: Software is easy to make, unless you want to do something new.

I'd recommend giving it a read (coders and non alike), if nothing else then for your own professional development (that would be you coders).

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fromTheSprawl Icon

05 September 2011 - 05:08 PM
Book for nerds?

I kid! Haha. If there is a paperback version maybe I'm bound to see one.

Which reminds me there ain't a lot of books about programming with prose. The only thing I could remember being close was Wyrm by Mark Fabi, it was about a virus hunter dude and chess programs plotting world destruction or something. Plus it introduced me to MUDs and a lot of antivirus culture back in the pre - Y2K era.

So on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest recommendation, what would you give this book?

Or should I read The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo Who Played Fire Near The Hornets Nest?

Though this one has the added bonus of having a great title. :P
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KYA Icon

05 September 2011 - 05:29 PM
Well, even with prose, it's still very nonfiction.

I'd give it a 7.
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jon.kiparsky Icon

05 September 2011 - 05:49 PM
Not a bad book. Worth reading if you're interested in how software development is actually done, and some of the actual obstructions that arise. It's not just bugs: software engineering is a management problem.
Fred Brooks and Joel Spolsky are also quite good on this topic. Soul of a New Machine (Tracy Kidder) is also worth reading. Recently came across a book called Close to the Machine, which is less about a particular development project and more about the life of a developer. The author, Ellen Ullman, is really quite a good writer and this book is worth reading for that alone.
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n8wxs Icon

05 September 2011 - 09:59 PM
Thanks KYA looks interesting :!:
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WolfCoder Icon

05 September 2011 - 10:35 PM
There was a thread here about this book already where I think even the author joined to comment.
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n8wxs Icon

05 September 2011 - 10:40 PM

fromTheSprawl, on 05 September 2011 - 05:08 PM, said:

Book for nerds?

I kid! Haha. If there is a paperback version maybe I'm bound to see one.



Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software [Bargain Price] [Hardcover]
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Nykc Icon

06 September 2011 - 05:52 AM
I had a hard time getting through it honestly.
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KYA Icon

06 September 2011 - 04:31 PM
Here's one thread mentioning it.


sloth's post is hilarious.
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KYA Icon

06 September 2011 - 05:09 PM

WolfCoder, on 05 September 2011 - 11:35 PM, said:

There was a thread here about this book already where I think even the author joined to comment.


Here it is
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ishkabible Icon

06 September 2011 - 05:21 PM
we should make that book!! it would be fucking sweet!
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fromTheSprawl Icon

06 September 2011 - 06:21 PM
Wow that thread was a time warp lots of faces I don't know and relationships I didn't know before lol

Yeah that book if created would be great. Now my question is what post # did the author comment on?
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