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Go To: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists, and Iconoclasts-- the Programmers Who Created the Software Revolution

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In Go To, Steve Lohr chronicles the history of software from the early days of complex mathematical codes mastered by a few thousand to today's era of user-friendly software and over six million professional programmers worldwide. Lohr maps out the unique seductions of programming, and gives us an intimate portrait of the peculiar kind of genius that is drawn to this blend ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 10th 2002 by Basic Books (first published September 30th 2001)
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Nick Black
Apr 04, 2012 Nick Black rated it it was ok
apparently cobol is, as expected and understood, totally crappy unless being discussed in the context of grace hopper, because anything associated with history's most overrated-for-sociological-purposes programmer couldn't be bad. this book read like the first "research paper" i ever had to write, back in 8th grade on zelda fitzgerald of all things, when i sat there with a bunch of quotes on index cards and tried to figure out how to weave them into crap prose.
Otis Chandler
A quick read, but somewhat inspirational
Daniel
Jan 17, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excited to see Ian Foster ("a native of New Zealand") mentioned on the last page
Spencer
Jan 12, 2014 Spencer rated it liked it
A neat overview of computing up until 2001. Gave a lot of context to things I'd heard about but didn't know a lot about. Found it a bit meandering and the transitions from topic to topic felt disjointed but overall a pleasant and inspiring read.
Brittany
Apr 24, 2009 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technical, history
The author presents a history of software in an interesting way. Mini-biographies of the pioneers of the industry, tools, and languages make the story of these inventors and how they came about their discoveries in a lively and entertaining way.
Rich Brown
Disjointed but interesting. Ends with the rise of Apache and Java - needs a 'Part II' to cover the last decade. Also, the most-poorly edited book I think I've ever seen - typos and missing endnote-markers abound.
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