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The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
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Oct 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: computer-history, techno-thriller
Read in December, 1981 — I own a copy , read count: 1

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Anyone interested in the characters presented in this remarkable, Pulitzer-winning book by Tracy Kidder should consider reading a follow-up published by Wired in 2000

Some more recent readers appear to have found the book "dated" in one way or another, a historical relic of the late 1970s. Granted, the products of computer technology have vastly changed. But the processes by which computer technology is developed may not have changed so much, if at all, and in any case have probably varied with time and context. Anyone lucky enough to get a job with Google nowadays won't find much in this book to remind them of work, but some smaller and/or hungrier companies still operated this way in the 90s, when I worked at a few, and surely some still do…
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