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Zen and the Art of Systems Analysis: Meditations on Computer Systems Development Paperback – 21 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (21 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595256791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595256792
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,069,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

I wrote this book as a summary of what I’ve learned in the trenches as a programmer and systems analyst. I’ve been free with my opinions, some of which I even agree with, and try to share a certain offbeat thought process. You should think from analogy, and even life generally, so many of these stories might not immediately seem to relate directly to information systems analysis. And you’ll find lots of contradictions here. Like any good list of aphorisms, some are opposites. You’ll find impossible proverbs, parable paradoxes, fighting fables, contradictory kotowaza, and muddy maxims: Don’t bite off more than you can chew—but if you aim for the stars you might reach the moon; Look before you leap—but he who hesitates is lost; You snooze, you lose—but sleep on it. I didn’t do extensive research, so some are apocryphal stories, which I define as stories that should be true even if they aren’t. I lived in Texas when in grade school, so I appreciate the tall tale, and my Irish heritage would never let the truth ruin a good story. So the book is nebulous, ambiguous, and filled with off-topic and contradictory stories that might not even be true.

Come to think of it, that pretty much describes a systems analyst’s life, so if you are, or want to be, a systems analyst, this is the perfect book for you.

About the Author

PATRICK McDERMOTT was a professional economist before becoming a computer programmer, and so understands Business Art and Systems Science, and connects them in his writing and teaching. He teaches seminars at Cal Berkeley Extension and runs his own consulting firm, in Oakland, specializing in training and consulting on computer technology.

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