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An edition of Hackers & painters (2004)

Hackers & painters

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1st ed.
  • 3.93 ·
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  • 19 Have read
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"The computer world is like an intellectual Wild West, in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas, if you're willing to risk the consequences. " --from Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age , by Paul Graham We are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software designers, by people who call themselves hackers. Who are these people, what motivates them, and why should you care? Consider these facts: Everything around us is turning into computers. Your typewriter is gone, replaced by a computer. Your phone has turned into a computer. So has your camera. Soon your TV will. Your car was not only designed on computers, but has more processing power in it than a room-sized mainframe did in 1970. Letters, encyclopedias, newspapers, and even your local store are being replaced by the Internet. Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age , by Paul Graham, explains this world and the motivations of the people who occupy it. In clear, thoughtful prose that draws on illuminating historical examples, Graham takes readers on an unflinching exploration into what he calls "an intellectual Wild West." The ideas discussed in this book will have a powerful and lasting impact on how we think, how we work, how we develop technology, and how we live. Topics include the importance of beauty in software design, how to make wealth, heresy and free speech, the programming language renaissance, the open-source movement, digital design, internet startups, and more.

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Table of Contents

Why nerds are unpopular: their minds are not on the game
Hackers and painters: hackers are makers, like painters or architects or writers
What you can't say: how to think heretical thoughts and what to do with them
Good bad attitude: like Americans, hackers win by breaking rules
The other road ahead: web-based software offers the biggest opportunity since the arrival of the microcomputer
How to make wealth: the best way to get rich is to create wealth. And startups are the best way to do that
Mind the gap: could "unequal income distribution" be less of a problem than we think?
A plan for spam: till recently most experts thought spam filtering wouldn't work. This proposal changed their minds
Taste for makers: how do you make great things?
Programming languages explained: what a programming language is and why they are a hot topic now
The hundred-year language: how will we program in a hundred years? Why not start now?
Beating the averages: for web-based applications you can use whatever language you want. So can your competitors
Revenge of the nerds: in technology, "industry best practice" is a recipe for losing
The dream language: a good programming language is one that lets hackers have their way with it
Design and research: research has to be original. Design has to be good.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-238) and index.

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