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Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age - Paul Graham, Allen Noren, Matt Hutchinson A great read for all programmers and anyone interested in software. I don't agree with everything in the book, bit there are some terrific insights here. Some of my favorite quotes:

A programming language is for thinking of programs, not for expressing programs you've already thought of. pg 22

Programmers were seen as technicians who translated the visions (if that is the word) of product managers into code. pg 23

Software has to be designed by hackers who understand design, not designers who know a little about software. pg 85

[Programmers] literally think the product, one line at a time. pg 93

The trouble with keeping your thoughts secret, though, is that you lose the advantages of discussion. Talking about an idea leads to more ideas. So the optimal plan, if you can mange it, is to have a few trusted friends you can speak openly to. This is not just a way to develop ideas; it's also a good rule of thumb for choosing friends. The people you can say heretical things to without getting jumped on are also the most interesting to know. pg 46

A program, like a proof, is a pruned version of a tree that in the past has had false starts branching off all over it. So the test of a language is not simply how clean the finished program looks in it, but how clean the path to the finished program was. pg 219