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Can anyone recommend any books similar to 'Microserfs'?
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
There's this book called "Show Stopper: How ...I forgot" about how WinNT was made, and the sacrifices it took from people on the team - love lives damaged beyond repair, broken marriages, lost health....
Nice! Get it. If you liked Microserfs, you'll enjoy this one too.
A wonderful book was called something like 'I sing the body electronic' which followed a MS team writing a kid's encyclopedia.
Moral of the story: working at MS is hell and they live in a constant state of chaos, but manage to succeed anyway.
Favorite part: where he talks about the way REAL programmers disdain English because its so imprecise and ambiguous compared to C, and therefore write horrifyingly punctuated/spelt Email.
Coding Slave, maybe.
'Meet Joe Bloggs'
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
I read 'Soul of a New Machine' about engineers writing microcode for (I think it was) DEC or maybe Data General. It doesn't matter, some non-microcomputer company. This book was the first non-glamorous portrayal of programmers/engineers I had ever read (I read this in high school sometime). Here I am still, somewhat wiser.
I also recommend "Hackers" by Stephen Levy--it's not entirely the same, but it tells a lot of fun stories about hackers at MIT's AI lab, phone hackers, and Sierra's founder Ken Williams and other early game programmers (three parts to the book). So I actually recommend this book more than the first.
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