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Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, both brilliant and misguided, that litter the history of software development, from the famous "mythical man-month" to Extreme Programming.
Not just for technophiles but for anyone captivated by the drama of invention, Dreaming in Code offers a window into both the information age and the workings of the human mind.
©2007, 2008 Scott Rosenberg (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By Cody on 06-27-15

Fine for non coders

The story is really just talking about the pit falls of a big coding project. If you've ever undertaken one of your own you can skip this book. I had high hopes for it but was left underwhelmed.

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By Amazon Customer on 08-12-13

A must read for programmers, software developers..

What made the experience of listening to Dreaming in Code the most enjoyable?

This book will make any programmer who's worked on professional projects realize if he or she didn't know already... you are not alone. This book "gets it." and gets it in a way that's entertaining for the most part and gives just enough detail to make sense even to the non-programmer.

What did you like best about this story?

The slid in explanations of computer science concepts as they pertain to the story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

His voice is a little harsh sometimes. He wouldn't be a good smooth jazz dj let's just say.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Skootaman on 01-10-15

Really enjoyed but probably not for everyone

I really enjoyed this book. It gives quite an insight into software development in a particular stage in the evolution of this internet that remains pretty familiar today. It's a history lesson, a lesson in product design and an overview of what underpins things like Agile. Probably (definitely) not for everyone but this is one I couldn't stop listening to.

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By jeffrey on 02-09-13

Definitely for geeks or engineers

A good story about the issues faced with large software development projects. Being a project manager I was able to relate, but would think that those not familiar with these universal issues would not appreciate this book as much. A bit confounded about how many man hours went into developing this product, which is just another calender with less capability than most on the market today.

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By Matthew on 07-10-16

It was okay

The story was extremely interesting and valuable from a software development perspective, however the story itself was boring to listen to. For example, when characters in the book are excited or frustrated, the author just tells you that they're excited or frustrated, but doesn't succeed in making the listener feel that excitement or frustration for themselves. I wanted to 'feel' the story, not just hear it.

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