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The Devil’s DP Dictionary

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paperback, 141 pages
Published May 1st 1981 by McGraw-Hill Book Company
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Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Unique humour with razor-sharp subtlety. A must-read for anyone who hails from the computer era—especially the earlier part. Ambrose Bierce would be proud.
Ward Bell
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ambrose Bierce's rascal's dictionary applied to DP ... data processing for you youngin's who weren't born when this was published in 1981.

YOUR PROGRAM: A maze of non sequiturs littered with clever-clever tricks and irrelevant comments. Compare MY PROGRAM.

MY PROGRAM: A gem of algoristic precision, offering the most sublime balance between compact, efficient coding on the one hand, and fully commented legibility for posterity on the other. Compare YOUR PROGRAM
Koen Crolla
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: programming
IT ``humour'' from a time when IT was still spelled DP, for Data Processing (not the other thing). Quotes the Jargon File (which wouldn't be released in printed format for another two years still) occasionally, but impressively manages to be both much less witty and dramatically more racist than it.
Still, it's a ``classic'', I guess.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This isn't *an* epic set of aphorisms and epigrams of the computer age. It is *the* epic set of aphorisms and epigrams of the computer age. Many of the references are now 30-40 years old, and yet this work still reads completely fresh. Absolutely hilarious, and all too insightful.
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