Summary

Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, both brilliant and misguided, that litter the history of software development, from the famous "mythical man-month" to Extreme Programming.
Not just for technophiles but for anyone captivated by the drama of invention, Dreaming in Code offers a window into both the information age and the workings of the human mind.
©2007, 2008 Scott Rosenberg (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Skootaman on 10-01-15

Really enjoyed but probably not for everyone

I really enjoyed this book. It gives quite an insight into software development in a particular stage in the evolution of this internet that remains pretty familiar today. It's a history lesson, a lesson in product design and an overview of what underpins things like Agile. Probably (definitely) not for everyone but this is one I couldn't stop listening to.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 25-03-15

(Appears to do) a good job of explaining software

I'm a programmer so it's not easy for me to put my self in the lay persons shoes, but this book feels like it does a good job of explaining why you're software crashes to a non-technical audience.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Cody on 27-06-15

Fine for non coders

The story is really just talking about the pit falls of a big coding project. If you've ever undertaken one of your own you can skip this book. I had high hopes for it but was left underwhelmed.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-08-13

A must read for programmers, software developers..

What made the experience of listening to Dreaming in Code the most enjoyable?

This book will make any programmer who's worked on professional projects realize if he or she didn't know already... you are not alone. This book "gets it." and gets it in a way that's entertaining for the most part and gives just enough detail to make sense even to the non-programmer.

What did you like best about this story?

The slid in explanations of computer science concepts as they pertain to the story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

His voice is a little harsh sometimes. He wouldn't be a good smooth jazz dj let's just say.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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