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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
by Steve Lohr
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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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.
Apr 24, 2009 Brittany rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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.
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