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Close to the Machine by Ellen Ullman
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Apr 19, 2008

it was amazing
Read in April, 2008

I picked this book up at Citylights on a whim - as a non-programmer living in San Francisco it was great to read about the programmer's work world. The book reads like a conversation with a friend - flowing from work stories to love life and self reflection - with a consistent tone and set of questions. I really enjoyed hearing her thoughts on the impact of technology and computer programming on physical space and human interactions, a subject very near and dear to my heart. I also enjoyed learning that the clunky cumbersomeness of systems we use to regulate physical space are also problematic in the programming world. I'd suggest it to anyone - it is short and sweet.
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