Coders Download Coders By Clive Thompson From Acclaimed Tech Writer Clive Thompson, A Brilliant And Immersive Anthropological Reckoning With The Most Powerful Tribe In The World Today, Computer Programmers Where They Come From, How They Think, What Makes For Greatness In Their World, And What Should Give Us Pause.You Use Software Nearly Every Instant You Re Awake And This May Sound Weirdly Obvious, But Every Single One Of Those Pieces Of Software Was Written By A Programmer Programmers Are Thus Among The Most Quietly Influential People On The Planet As We Live In A World Made Of Software, They Re The Architects The Decisions They Make Guide Our Behavior When They Make Something Newly Easy To Do, We Do A Lot Of It If They Make It Hard Or Impossible To Do Something, We Do Less Of It.If We Want To Understand How Today S World Works, We Ought To Understand Something About Coders Who Exactly Are The People That Are Building Today S World What Makes Them Tick What Type Of Personality Is Drawn To Writing Software And Perhaps Most Interestingly What Does It Do To Them One Of The First Pieces Of Coding A Newbie Learns Is The Program To Make The Computer Say Hello, World Like That Piece Of Code, Clive Thompson S Book Is A Delightful Place To Begin To Understand This Vocation, Which Is Both A Profession And A Way Of Life, And Which Essentially Didn T Exist Little Than A Generation Ago, But Now Is Considered Just About The Only Safe Bet We Can Make About What The Future Holds Thompson Takes Us Close To Some Of The Great Coders Of Our Time, And Unpacks The Surprising History Of The Field, Beginning With The First Great Coders, Who Were Women Ironically, If We Re Going To Traffic In Stereotypes, Women Are Arguably Naturally Better At Coding Than Men, But They Were Written Out Of The History, And Shoved Out Of The Seats, For Reasons That Are Illuminating Now Programming Is Indeed, If Not A Pure Brotopia, At Least An Awfully Homogenous Community, Which Attracts People From A Very Narrow Band Of Backgrounds And Personality Types As Thompson Learns, The Consequences Of That Are Significant Not Least Being A Fetish For Disruption At Scale That Doesn T Leave Much Time For Pondering Larger Moral Issues Of Collateral Damage At The Same Time, Coding Is A Marvelous New Art Form That Has Improved The World In Innumerable Ways, And Thompson Reckons Deeply, As No One Before Him Has, With What Great Coding In Fact Looks Like, Who Creates It, And Where They Come From To Get As Close To His Subject Has He Can, He Picks Up The Thread Of His Own Long Abandoned Coding Practice, And Tries His Mightiest To Up His Game, With Some Surprising Results.More And , Any Serious Engagement With The World Demands An Engagement With Code And Its Consequences, And To Understand Code, We Must Understand Coders In That Regard, Clive Thompson S Hello, World Is A Marvelous And Delightful Master Class.

Clive Thompson is a Canadian freelance journalist, blogger and science and technology writer.Thompson graduated from the University of Toronto with majors in political science and English He previously worked for Canada s Report on Business magazine and Shift magazine, then became a freelance contributor for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Lingua Franca, Wired, Shift, Entertainm

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Coders
  • Clive Thompson
  • 09 April 2018
  • 9780735220560

10 thoughts on “Coders

  1. says:

    This is a really interesting anthropological account of coder culture but actually, broadly of tech culture What I loved was his account of how these stereotypes of coders get made up and then they self perpetuate because companies start to hire a certain profile And then this insular community of awkward, egotistical, monoculture of white men end up creating al...

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    A good book by a good writer Here s the review that led me to read it I were you, I d read that first.Back already The book suffers a bit by the chapters starting life mostly as magazine articles But Thompson has done his homework, is enthusiastic about his topic, and talked to a lot of coders and related people over the years I was happy to skim past historical stuff I already knew and actually, Thompson puts a fresh enough spin on most of this that I read it anyway I liked his description of good coders in The Zone thinking about the enormous hairball of the entire system while trying to fix what went wrong Which is mostly what they do I liked his description of the engineer s mindset which I largely share , and how it can go wrong at the edges, when regular people get involved And Google s mighty AI project, which pretty early on learned to recognize Cats Those pointy ears, those cat shaped faces Thompson s musings on what went wrong at Twi...

  3. says:

    This is a brand new business trade about the coding frenzy that has been around in recent years It is well informed and well written What I found most attractive about it was its intelligent discussion of coding and programming as an occupational structure and not just a passing fancy of coding academies and propriet...

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    This is one of the best books I ve read in a long time I would definitely recommend reading this, especially if you re a Software Engineer or somehow work in IT, or even if your partner is I enjoyed every page of the book, but I especially liked the chapters about mental health, sexism and blue collar coding The author remains fair and unbiased throughout the story and he has interviewed a ridiculously high number of people to write this boo...

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    Once the author got past the myth busting surrounding programming and programmers there happened to be some worthwhile gems in this book The myths needed to be busted but I would say most people who have lived in the real world already know those myths as myths Google Bro was shown to be the misogynist shallow spouter of alt right anti women nonsense that he really is for those who have forgotten he was the dude who wrote a letter on Google s in house forum arguing that women are inferior to men as programmers and don t deserve promotions and was fired for ignoring Google s mission statement which included things like treat people like human beings even if they are women or diverse from you since diversity is a good thing for enabling creativity The author interviewed him I forgot his name I ll just refer to him as Google Bro Google Bro was and is a cause c l bre for purveyors of misinformation within the pscyhologicism of evo devo evolutionary development nonsense that justifies privileges of the privileged with their make America great again fantasy of reenacting the 1950s with all of the good old boys mentality and in this case making sure that women really know their place, and it isn t as programmers or in high tech according to Google Bro The author does a journalistically objective interview with Google Bro while...

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    Coders The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World 2019 by Clive Thompson looks at who coders are, what they do and the culture that surrounds them Thompson is a successful journalist who has written for various publications including Wired magazine The book starts by looking at some coders at Facebook and their role in introducing the Facebook newsfeed and the like button Some time is spent looking at different eras of programmers There is an excellent chapter called Constant Frustration and Bursts of Joy that captures what it s like to be a coder Another chapter looks at Bram Cohen and his work creating BitTorrent There is a good chapter on AI There is also a chapter on Cypherpunks The book ends with a chapter about teaching laid off miners coding The c...

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    Coders The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World by Clive Thompson Penguin Press 2019 005.1092 Coders are those who create computer software code, and they are among the most influential people on the planet We use and depend on software every minute of every day, every stroke of which was crafted by a coder It is said that being proficient at coding is the twenty first century equivalent of being able to read and write during the Middle Ages The esoteric knowledge and ability shared by the select few who can communicate in the new language of coding makes today s computer programmers as rare and as unique as the cloist...

  8. says:

    An engaging read, and a neat packaging of the current topics in the mainstream discourse about technology But, couldn t stop but get a feeling of d j lu, as I follow the author s work on Wired, and the book seems like a collection of opinion pieces in the same vein.

  9. says:

    This is a very light survey of an the idea of coders As someone who went to a coding bootcamp and codes often, sometimes professionally, it didn t scratch the itch I had.

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    The first computer programmer was a woman Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron s daughter, wrote code in 1842 43 for Charles Babbage s Analytical Engine, a computer that was never built And a century later, when the first digital computers finally came into existence, the programmers were predominantly female In fact, women continued to dominate the field well into the 1960s Only then did men begin to find the job attractive Today, of course, coding a trendier name for computer programming is overwhelmingly male And some men even make the outrageous and easily refuted claim that women are genetically unsuited to the field.The shifting roles of women and men in the software industryIn his riveting new book, Coders, journalist Clive Thompson traces the history of the computer industry and reviews the shifting roles of the women and men who write the instructions that govern the machines He also examines the industry s heavily skewed ethnic mix, with white and Asian men now holding the overwhelming majority of the jobs The pi...

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