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The psychology of computer programming
Weinberg, Gerald M.
Personal Author:
Silver anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dorset House Pub., [1998]

Physical Description:
xxii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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QA76.6 .W45 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Discover or Revisit One of the Most Popular Books in Computing This landmark 1971 classic is reprinted with a new preface, chapter-by-chapter commentary, and straight-from-the-heart observations on topics that affect the professional life of programmers. Long regarded as one of the first books to pioneer a people-oriented approach to computing, The Psychology of Computer Programming endures as a penetrating analysis of the intelligence, skill, teamwork, and problem-solving power of the computer programmer. Finding the chapters strikingly relevant to today's issues in programming, Gerald M. Weinberg adds new insights and highlights the similarities and differences between now and then. Using a conversational style that invites the reader to join him, Weinberg reunites with some of his most insightful writings on the human side of software engineering. Topics include egoless programming, intelligence, psychological measurement, personality factors, motivation, training, social problems on large projects, problem-solving ability, programming language design, team formation, the programming environment, and much more. Dorset House Publishing is proud to make this important text available to new generations of programmers--and to encourage readers of the first edition to return to its valuable lessons.

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Choice Review

This reissue of Weinberg's classic Psychology of Computer Programming (CH, May'72) follows the original page numbering. Each chapter and part also includes two or three pages of 1998-vintage comments by Weinberg that update the contents. In the earlier edition, Weinberg discussed programming as human performance, social activity, and individual activity, and he reviewed programming tools. He also reflected upon the effects of computers on the people who engage in programming activities. Although the technology examples and references naturally appear dated, many of the lessons about managing and leading people are as timely today as they were when the book first appeared. Suitable for all levels of readers. C. J. Van Wyk; Drew University