Dedication of the 1975 edition: To two who especially enriched my IBM years: Thomas J. Watson, Jr., whose deep concern for people still permeates his company, and Bob O. Evans, whose bold leadeship turned work into adventure.
Dedication of the 1995 edition To Nancy, God's gift to me.
No scence from prehistory is quite so vivid as that of the mortal struggles of great beasts in the tar pits.
Not only is the end not in sight, the pace is not slackening. We have many future joys.
The classic book on the human elements of software engineering. Software tools and development environments may have changed in the 21 years since the first edition of this book, but the peculiarly nonlinear economies of scale in collaborative work and the nature of individuals and groups has not changed an epsilon. If you write code or depend upon those who do, get this book as soon as possible -- from Amazon.com Books, your library, or anyone else. You (and/or your colleagues) will be forever grateful. Very Highest Recommendation.
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In the essays, the author blends on software engineering with his own personal opinions and the opinions of others involved in building complex computer systems. He not only gives the reader the benefit of the lessons he has learned from the OS. 360 experience, but he writes about them in an extremely readable and entertaining way.… (more)