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Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
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Jan 05, 2009

it was ok

Meh. This started out promising. While it may provide inspirational fodder for young, technological entrepreneurs, everyone else might soon find the tone obnoxious and constant extrapolation tedious.

Graham is at his best when he sticks to what he knows: programming and business technology. As such, the best chapter is "programming languages explained." This chapter held the most accessible explanation on language analytic that I've ever come across, and is a pleasure to read. Other chapters, such as "how to make wealth" might be of interest to someone with little understanding of economies of wealth, but to anyone else, it pretty much comes off as an Ayn Rand diatribe. The hacker/painter metaphor wears thin pretty fast; thankfully, he doesn't return to it.

Not a waste of a book, but I expected more. Great for a first year comp sci/arts minor.

It's easily possible to pick and choose what you would like to read, for this book is written as a collection of essays.

If your looking for something in the same vein, but far more rewarding --> "godel escher bach."
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