*** Coders by Clive Thompson

I live and work amongst programmers, so I was a little apprehensive about reading Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World. Would the author get it right? Would I learn anything new? Yes, and yes! The author captures the minutiae of coding, the pleasure of well-designed code, the obsession with scaling. He acknowledges the frat house atmosphere of the male-dominated field, while reminding us that coding was once women’s work. My wish would have been that he spent more time talking about rank-and-file programmers rather than the stars, but the book is informative and even lively. Here’s to all the computer science departments in the land making a real effort to recruiting women and minorities.

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