Chao Lam

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Dreaming in Code

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Scott Rosenberg, the thoughtful editor and cofounder of Salon, is coming out with a new book, Dreaming in Code. I can’t wait to get my hands on it (even more so than a Wii :))

Scott is trying to answer the question every high-tech startup wants an answer for: “Why is software so hard?”. Before Salon, Scott was a journalist and theater-critic at the SF Examiner, we can be sure this is not going to be your usual boring book on software methodology 🙂 I have a hunch we’re going to be treated with some very original insights and stories.

Why? Well, there’s another teeny reason for my interest in the book. Back when I was a product manager at OSAF, Scott literally sat in for maybe half of our meetings in design, development and planning. He came to know the Chandler team intimately and was witness to all our quirks, disagreements as well as a few flashes of genius (none from me, unfortunately). Hopefully, the book won’t be all embarrassing.

I believe there’s high drama in the creation of software, but it requires someone special to tell it, and I think we have that person in Scott.

Before Dreaming in Code is published, Scott has started a series of Code Reads featuring some of the seminal essays on software creation. The latest featuring none other than Mitch Kapor’s Software Design Manifesto. It’s an interesting project that I’ve just caught up with – hope you will too.

Update: Scott updates us with more reviews about his book here.

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Written by Chao

December 30, 2006 at 5:06 pm

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