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Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

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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. And here's a taste of what you'll find in "Hackers & Painters": "In most fields the great work is done early on. The paintings made between 1430 and1500 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.

Synopsis:

Paul Graham , designer of the new Arc language, was the creator of Yahoo Store, the first web-based application. His technique for spam filtering inspired most current filters. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard and studied painting at RISD and the Accademia in Florence.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596550660
Subtitle:
Big Ideas from the Computer Age
Publisher:
O'Reilly
Creator:
Paul Graham
Author:
Paul Graham
Author:
Graham, Paul
Subject:
Security
Subject:
Networking - General
Subject:
Security - General
Subject:
Computer programmers
Subject:
Programming - General
Subject:
Computers Reference-History and Society
Subject:
Networking-Computer Security
Subject:
Popular Science-Computer Science
Subject:
History of Science-Technology
Subject:
Software Engineering - Programming and Languages
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2004
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
258

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » General
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Computers and Internet » Networking » Computer Security
Computers and Internet » Networking » General
Computers and Internet » Operating Systems » Linux
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » Algorithms
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » General
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » Programming and Languages
Engineering » Communications » Information Theory

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