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Moths in the Machine the Power and Perils of Programming

by Daniel Kohanski

  • ISBN: 9780312254063
  • ISBN10: 0312254067

Moths in the Machine the Power and Perils of Programming

by Daniel Kohanski

  • List Price: $13.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780312254063
  • ISBN10: 0312254067
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Description: In 1944, engineers were baffled when one of the first computers, the Mark I, malfunctioned. Careful examination revealed the culprit to be a "bug"-- a moth -- that had crawled in front of one of the relays, preventing electrical contact. Ever since that incident, programmers have had the perplexing task of designing infallible, bug-free systems to keep the world afloat.

An excellent overview for both the interested layman and the experienced programmer, Moths in the Machine offers a wealth of accessible information on the art that is literally running our lives. It begins with a philosophical and historical overview of programming, and an introduction to ethical issues that are inextricably linked to it, such as piracy and privacy. Then it explains how a computer operates, and the basic tools and techniques that form the foundation of every programmer's work. Finally, an assessment of the programmer's trade, including the demands, limitations, and challenges of creating computer systems, defines the extremely important role they play in the modern world.

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