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Programming as if People Mattered: Friendly Programs, Software Engineering, and Other Noble Delusions (Princeton Legacy Library) Paperback – 31 Jul 1994

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (31 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691037639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691037639
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,551,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is very easy to read, and is so entertaining that it is hard to put down.... An excellent book, and a must-read for software professionals."--Choice

"The book provides a stimulating read, with a fair sprinkling of controversial opinions from which intelligent readers . . . will draw their own conclusions."--J. Dodd, Information and Science Technology

"This book's great glory is the author's implicit, but pervasive, notion that the human interface extends through software; and that programs are just ways that people tell computers what they should be doing. . . . [A] book filled with points to think about well before you start coding menus or screens."--UnixWorld

"A witty look at the foibles of software engineering, based on real examples. . . . This voice of experience offers a good dose of humility to arrogant young programmers."--American Mathematical Monthly


Using a set of anecdotes and essays, the author traces the divergence between the fields of software engineering and user-centred software design, and attempts to reconcile the needs of both computer designers and users.

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