Lee Child's Jack Reacher books are one of my guilty pleasures. This isn't the best I've read from him, but it kept me going right up until the very enLee Child's Jack Reacher books are one of my guilty pleasures. This isn't the best I've read from him, but it kept me going right up until the very end. Fun....more
I've wanted to read this book for years, but not enough that I was willing to pay full price for a new copy. I finally gave in and bought a used copy,I've wanted to read this book for years, but not enough that I was willing to pay full price for a new copy. I finally gave in and bought a used copy, and I'm glad I did.
This book was published in 2007 about a the creation piece of software you've never heard of: Chandler. Chandler was the brainchild of Mitch Kapor, who created Lotus Notes and then when on to write Lotus Agenda. Agenda is a DOS-era program that was one of the first Personal Information Managers. I used Agenda back in the day, and I've been a fan of the PIM genre. (Fact: Scott Rosenberg used Ecco Pro to help him write the book. Ecco was a PIM that was last updated in the 90's.)
The book is about the Kapor and the programmers who come together to try to realize his vision. It's probably a slight spoiler to say that Chandler didn't go well. Rosenberg follows the project from it's inception in 2003, and by 2006 when he decides to publish, Chandler hadn't even reached a workable 1.0 version. In part because the story wasn't even finished, Rosenberg takes side trips to talk about the difficulty of software development and the various approaches to it.
Rosenberg makes his potentially dry subject interesting. Most software projects fail, but most don't have a writer of Rosenberg's caliber to explore why failure is so common.
Reading the book was like looking in a time capsule. It's been almost 10 years since Rosenberg finished the book, so technology has moved on: the iPhone and the rise of smart phones in general started the year the book was published.
In 2009, Chandler finally published a 1.0 version two years after Rosenberg published his book. Six years after that when I read this book, the project's web site no longer. After the detailed description in the book, I searched, hoping to find a coda, something that revealed what happened in those last years. I found Rosenberg's own promotional web site for the book, but hasn't been updated in years. I suspect the book didn't sell very well. Chandler was neither a success nor even a spectacular failure. Like so many projects, at some point the people who once cared about it gave up and moved on.
It's a decent book. Any memoir by a person still in their 30's is going to have some limitations, but Day's at-times searing honesty makes the book moIt's a decent book. Any memoir by a person still in their 30's is going to have some limitations, but Day's at-times searing honesty makes the book more affecting than I expected.
I've known about Day, but haven't followed her work, so I came at her book not as a fan, but just as someone curious about what she had to say.
Side note: I got this book from library. I wouldn't have sought it out to buy, otherwise. After reading the book and about Day's journey to this point, I found it sweet that her fame had pushed knowledge of outside the Internet and into a place like my local public library. That's sweet. Good for Felicia. ...more