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Hackers and Painters Big Ideas from the Computer Age

ISBN-10: 0596006624
ISBN-13: 9780596006624
Edition: 2004
Authors: Paul Graham
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/28/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

"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. And here's a taste of what you'll find in "Hackers & Painters: "In most fields the great work is done early on. The paintingsmade between 1430 and 1500 are still unsurpassed. Shakespeare appeared just as professional theater was being born, and pushed the medium so far that every playwright since has had to live in his shadow. Albrecht Durer did the same thing with engraving, and Jane Austen with the novel. Over and over we see the same pattern. A new medium appears, and people are so excited about it that they explore most of its possibilities in the first couple generations. Hacking seems to be in this phase now. Painting was not, in Leonardo's time, as cool as his work helped make it. How cool hacking turns out to be will depend on what we can do with this new medium." Andy Hertzfeld, co-creator of the Macintosh computer, says about "Hackers & Painters: "Paul Graham is a hacker, painter and a terrific writer. His lucid, humorous prose is brimming with contrarian insight and practical wisdom on writing great code at the intersection of art, science and commerce." Paul Graham, designer of the new Arc language, was the creator of Yahoo Store, the first web-based application. In addition to his PhD in Computer Science from Harvard, Graham also studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.

Preface
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 with 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
Notes
Acknowledgments
Image Credits
Glossary
Index

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