E–book [Coders By Clive Thompson] author Clive Thompson
This is a really interesting anthropological account of coder culture but actually broadly of tech culture What I loved was his account of how these stereotypes of coders et made up and then they self perpetuate because companies start to hire a certain profile And then this insular community of awkward egotistical monoculture of white men end up creating all our entertainment tech and shape our culture I was lad this was not a veneration of these iconic men but it also wasn t a polemic takedown I thought it was a really fair portrayal of the culture This is one of the best books I ve read in a long time I would definitely recommend reading this especially if you re a Software Engineer or somehow work in IT or even if your partner is I enjoyed every page of the book but I especially liked the chapters about mental health sexism and blue collar coding The author remains fair and unbiased throughout the story and he has interviewed a ridiculously high number of people to write this book The book never ets boring or too far fetched from reality As a software engineer I wholeheartedly agree with every single word of it A strong five stars This is a brand new business trade about the coding frenzy that has been around in recent years It is well informed and well written What I found most attractive about it was its intelligent discussion of coding and programming as an occupational structure and not just a passing fancy of coding academies and proprietary trade schools It also provides an intelligent history of the fields and some Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? good commentary on some of the less desirable aspects of coding unfriendliness to minorities and women brogramming bad habits pay issues etc Mr Thompson presents theood and the bad and does not seem to have too much of a particular axe to Catwoman grind This is not a specialized book on coding but it will be informative and entertaining to anyone wanting to learn about the area The first computer programmer was a woman Ada Lovelace Lord Byron s daughter wrote code in 1842 43 for Charles Babbage s Analytical Engine a computer that was never built And a century later when the first digital computers finally came into existence the programmers were predominantly female In fact women continued to dominate the field well into the 1960s Only then did men begin to find the job attractive Today of course coding a trendier name for computer programming is overwhelmingly male And some men even make the outrageous and easily refuted claim that women areenetically unsuited to the fieldThe shifting roles of women and men in the software industryIn his riveting new book Coders journalist Clive Thompson traces the history of the computer industry and reviews the shifting roles of the women and men who write the instructions that Baby Legacy (So Many Babies govern the machines He also examines the industry s heavily skewed ethnic mix with white and Asian men now holding the overwhelming majority of the jobs The picture Thompson paints is unflattering to say the leastWhen women programmers dominated the coding back then was harder than today s programmingIf women s biology made them temperamentally unsuited to coding and uninterested in it Thompson writes it s difficult to explain why they were so prominent in the early years of American programming After all the coding back then was if anything harder than today s programming And the logic or rather the lack of it that keeps larger numbers of African Americans and Latinos out of the field is even less persuasive So why is the industry so heavily skewed toward young white males Thompson attributes this in part to the frat like nature of tech start ups And he notes uoting the former head of the Wikimedia Foundation it s not that women are excluded It s that practically everyone is excluded if you re not a young white man who s single A cold hard look at the software industryGiven this reality why should we care Thompson s explanation is compelling Programmers are among the most uietly influential people on the planet As we live in a world made of software they re the architects And their biases work their way willy nilly into their work which sometimes leads to tragic conseuences For example the artificial intelligence based software used today in many court systems to screen prisoners for bail probation or diversionary treatment has been well documented to discriminate against prisoners of color Why Because the limited data on which its decisions are based simply reflect the racist outcomes of the past ProPublica found that the software was almost twice as likely to label a black defendant asetting a high risk recidivist score than a white defendant even when they controlled for these defendants prior crimes age and The Ranger The Rescue gender And because the programmers who created and tweak this software weren t sensitive enough to this problem to find ways around itThe politics of Silicon Valley is widely misunderstoodIn Coders Thompson also explores the From acclaimed tech writer Clive Thompson a brilliant and immersive anthropological reckoning with the most powerful tribe in the world today computer programmers where they come from how they think what makes forreatness in their world and what should Langlais correct pour les Nuls give us pauseYou use software nearly every instant you're awake And this may sound weirdly obvious but every single one of those pieces of software was written by a programmer Programmers are thus among the most uietly influential people on the planet As we live in a world made of software they're the architects The decisions they makeuide our behavior When they make something newly easy to do we do a lot of it If they make it hard or impossible to do something we do less of itIf we want to understand how today's world works we ought to understand something about coders Who exactly are the people that are building today's world What makes them tick What type of personalit.
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E–book Coders By Clive Thompson author Clive Thompson
Password is something like 0s1ald0 or something it makes it difficult to remember and easy for a computer to Constantly Craving guessFinally the book delves into programming things like AI and other such deep things We can already design computers that can beat human players at Checkers Chess Othello and Go I don t know if the issue with balance for robots is still around but it could very well be an issueIn any case this book was excellent Aood book by a ood writer Here s the review that led me to read it I were you I d read that firstBack already The book suffers a bit by the chapters starting life mostly as magazine articles But Thompson has done his homework is enthusiastic about his topic and talked to a lot of coders and related people over the years I was happy to skim past historical stuff I already knew and actually Thompson puts a fresh enough spin on most of this that I read it anyway I liked his description of ood coders in The Zone thinking about the enormous hairball of the entire system while trying to fix what went wrong Which is Clive Thompson s Coders is a long and verbose book which ultimately fails to deliver significant insights and focuses too much on transient hype controversy cherry picked anecdotes statistically weak research frivolous pop culture references and nitpicked factoids all filtered distorted or amplified through the author s This is essentially a book of essays a format I avoid Collected essays are like Aryan Idols greatest hits albums with one or two highs and not much holding the work together Clive Thompson has written a welcome deviation by writing a book of cohesive topical essay chapters where most information packed chapters build on the ones precedingIt is also welcome that he sticks with his topic This is about coding not hardware or the internet Thompson starts at the beginning so you learn a bit about the simplicity of the early code You come to understand how it became an art based on logic You learn how there are many ways to code the same project and understand the difficulty in finding bugs You meet a lot of people in this book The first employed coders who were women hired in positions viewed as secretarial Later men who as teens used the prototype computers of the 70 s and then those whoamed in the 80 s filled coding jobs An animal house atmosphere often evolved in the workplace While a few early coders became billionaires as a American Pronghorn group the early coders had a communal ethos and shunned programs for profit While today s coders see their world as a meritocracy the numbers tell a different story The most stunning being the resume study where in blind reviews no names orender neutral names resulted in 50 something percent of the women landing interviews and when Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus gender could be known by names only 4% did He also includes some very disturbing uotes from coders to the effect that women areenetically unable to code and that women are better at home Thompson shows how not just male dominance but white male dominance impacts the code and how the code impacts the daily life of people who rely on it For instance the data shows the dominance and intensity of cyberbullying of women and minorities White males particularly those with degrees from Something in Return good schools typically don t experience this and when they write code for social media they have little concern for safeguards Systems coded for use in bail or parole decisions use past data which perpetuates racial bias Forood and bad facial recognition systems easily identify white but not black identities An aggregation of restaurant reviews was found to biased because the algorithm included all the negative associations for Mexican a word heavily used on hate web sites brought down the scores for Mexican restaurants A Mexican coder and probably most Hispanic coders would have caught thisOther cyber social issues show how coding due to the biases of the people who create it made the big social media sites vulnerable to propaganda in the 2016 election He also talks about the role of coding in creating artificial intelligence and has some provocative things to say about its benefits and threatsThe book ends with a chapter on blue collar coding which adds to the many social and economic issues brought forward in this book Coding like many fields is dominated by those who select the personnel By the time you reach this chapter you know that a degree is not needed to do the work of coding The money to be made means that those with the best degrees Byzantium get the best jobs because they are aood fit with the crew that is there When former workers in the coal industry learned to code they had and still have credibility difficulties in the labor marketThis is a comprehensive survey and should be widely read Excellent overview of programming industry landscape with all bumps and problems Very interesting Discusses a lot about coding how people Contacts Desired get into it where it soing and also the racism and sexism in the industry. Omogenous community which attracts people from a very narrow band of backgrounds and personality types As Thompson learns the conseuences of that are significant not least being a fetish for disruption at scale that doesn't leave much time for pondering larger moral issues of collateral damage At the same time coding is a marvelous new art form that has improved the world in innumerable ways and Thompson reckons deeply as no one before him has with what Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, great coding in fact looks like who creates it and where they come from Toet as close to his subject has he can he picks up the thread of his own long abandoned coding practice and tries his mightiest to up his ame with some surprising resultsMore and any serious engagement with the world demands an engagement with code and its conseuences and to understand code we must understand coders In that regard Clive Thompson's Hello World is a marvelous and delightful master clas.
Olitical attitudes prevailing in Silicon Valley s leadership It s widely believed of course that libertarian sentiment is widespread in those uarters and that s certainly true of some of the Valley s wealthiest entrepreneurs and venture capitalists Ironically however the impulse to oppose all overnment influence on the computer industry is far off base When RD magazine surveyed the top innovations from 1971 to 2006 Thompson reports they found 88 percent had been funded by federal research dollars Even the Internet itself was a product of overnment funding decades of it And despite the widespread belief that libertarianism is dominant in Silicon Valley Thompson relates the findings of several studies that show the industry is overwhelmingly liberal and DemocraticA wealth of insight about the software industryCoders offers a wealth of information and insight about the world that software is building for us For instance Thompson briefly explores the history of artificial intelligence He debunks the most extreme fears AI has engendered Worrying about killer AI one expert told him is like worrying about overpopulation on Mars But there are far serious problems emerging Among them are the inability of facial recognition software to recognize the faces of people of color Why Again because the dataset on which the programs s decisions are based is far too limitedLike people in any profession Silicon Valley s top coders mystify their work implying that only those with peculiar enius and uniuely adapted personalities can handle the job In refuting this assumption Thompson reports on a program in Lexington Kentucky that is successfully retraining coal miners as coders Coal miners are really technology workers that Let It Bree / Cant Buy Me Louie (Harlequin Duets, get dirty the program s founder insists And Thompson sees much broadly the emergence of blue collar codingWomen programmers blue collar coders and the world they re buildingThis development is emblematic of therowing divide between the elite coders in the major tech firms who often earn high six figure incomes and those who work in ever increasing numbers on the routine maintenance of software in industry and commerce throughout the country The work pays well enough promising a middle class stability of the sort that has increasingly vanished from the American economic landscape But those blue collar coders are like others in blue collar jobs a class set apart And Thompson believes it s only the beginning Blue collar code will emerge it seems but so will pink and white collar Coders by Clive Thompson is the fascinating account of how programming and coding turned from a Matriarchy to a Sausage Fest Initially programming was done by women This was not a matter of convenience or anything like that men at the time just thought that building the hardware was a better problem to tackle So women were allowed free rein of the software while the menfolk attempted to make faster and powerful computersTheoretically coding and programming is a pure meritocracy All you have to do is solve puzzles and puzzles have no issues with either skin color or what you conceal with your pants In practice this is far from true People have biases and issues with other people I mean can you imagine a woman as a programmer Or God forbid a minority of some kind Oh the horror that would be I don t really know the punctuation for sarcasm but you The Solitary Self get my drift I hopeCoding and programming reuire a certain kind of mind a mind that I somewhat have but not really I don t possess the patience reuired to code and puzzles aren t really my thing if they are too difficult I am a lazy and unreliable person when it comes to that I have tried my hand at programming but it reuires a lot of time devoted to debugging When I wasrowing up I did have a Commodore 64 computer but I never used that as leverage to a programming hobby I understood that computers only do what you tell them to do precisely and repetitively but they were still somewhat of a mystery to meWhen I went to college I finally The Ornaments of Life got my own Personal Computer I went to college in 2004 so the age of MS DOS was longone and while I did One Wish (Thunder Point, get to do some Run Commands I never went beyond finding out my MAC Address so I couldet online My problem with coding and programming is that it seems like a waste to make my own code when someone else has probably done it better than I could However I digressThompson delves deep into different aspects of programming and coding He discusses White Hat Hackers people that are paid to break into and crack systems to expose weaknesses in the system and so on and so forth He also discusses attacks that people use to compromise systems Thompson points out that the biggest security hole is the user I know that security professionals tell everyone to use different passwords for each site and to change them often but to many people this just seems draconian You can make passwords out of letters numbers and symbols When your. Y is drawn to writing software And perhaps most interestingly what does it do to themOne of the first pieces of coding a newbie learns is the program to make the computer say Hello world Like that piece of code Clive Thompson's book is a delightful place to begin to understand this vocation which is both a profession and a way of life and which essentially didn't exist little than a La santa anoressia. Digiuno e misticismo dal Medioevo a oggi generation ago but now is considered just about the only safe bet we can make about what the future holds Thompson takes us close to some of thereat coders of our time and unpacks the surprising history of the field beginning with the first Remembering and Repeating great coders who were women Ironically if we'reoing to traffic in stereotypes women are arguably naturally better at coding than men but they were written out of the history and shoved out of the seats for reasons that are illuminating Now programming is indeed if not a pure brotopia at least an awfully
Clive Thompson is a Canadian freelance journalist blogger and science and technology writerThompson graduated from the University of Toronto with majors in political science and English He previously worked for Canada's Report on Business magazine and Shift magazine then became a freelance contributor for The New York Times Magazine The Washington Post Lingua Franca Wired Shift Entertainm