Ellen Ullman

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Ellen Ullman


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Ellen Ullman is the author of By Blood, The Bug, a New York Times Notable Book and runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the cult classic memoir Close to the Machine, based on her years as a rare female computer programmer in the early years of the personal computer era. She lives in San Francisco.

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By Blood

3.58 avg rating — 2,692 ratings — published 2012 — 15 editions
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Life in Code: A Personal Hi...

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Close to the Machine: Techn...

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The Bug

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The Eloquent Essay: An Anth...

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Terraform: Watch/Worlds/Burn

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“We build our computers the way we build our cities—over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.”
Ellen Ullman, Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology

“The corollary of constant change is ignorance. This is not often talked about: we computer experts barely know what we're doing. We're good at fussing and figuring out. We function well in a sea of unknowns. Our experience has only prepared us to deal with confusion. A programmer who denies this is probably lying, or else is densely unaware of himself.”
Ellen Ullman, Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

“Debugging: what an odd word. As if "bugging" were the job of putting in bugs, and debugging the task of removing them. But no. The job of putting in bugs is called programming. A programmer writes some code and inevitably makes the mistakes that result in the malfunctions called bugs. Then, for some period of time, normally longer than the time it takes to design and write the code in the first place, the programmer tries to remove the mistakes.”
Ellen Ullman, The Bug

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