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5.0 out of 5 stars As vital today as it was 20 years ago, 28 Jan. 2000
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This review is from: The Soul of a New Machine (Modern Library) (Hardcover)
Although Kidder writes about a team assembled over 20 years ago to design a piece of hardware, the observations he makes about the characters within the Eclipse Group are still valid for anyone involved in computer engineering on either the hardware and software side today, particularly those of us working in R&D-driven startups.
The technical details are presented in a style that might occasionally annoy hardcore techies, but the journalism -- and that's what's important about this book -- is incisive and insightful. The anecdotes and characters all ring true. This really is the first folk epic of computing.
One of the many pleasures of re-reading this superb book every few years is looking at the characters - archetypes almost - and seeing how they map onto one's current workplace. Without moving from my chair, I can point at our Steve Wallach, our Carl Alsing and our Josh Rosen. I work for our Dave Peck. I can point at the door of our Tom West's office. Me? Somewhere between Ken Holberger and Ed Rasala.
A book for all engineering obsessives and for those who have to work with and manage them.
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