Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman

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Read Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology Online Free - The never-more-necessary return of one of our most vital and eloquent voices on technology and culture, from the author of the seminal Close to the Machine.

When Ellen Ullman moved to San Francisco and became a computer programmer in the late 1970s, she was joining an idealistic, exclusive, and almost exclusively male cadre that had dreams and aspirations to change the world. In 1997, she wrote
Close to the Machine, the now classic and still definitive account of life as a coder at the birth of what would be a sweeping technological, cultural, and financial revolution.

The intervening twenty years has seen, among other things, the rise of the Internet, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of our economy and society—as Ullman’s clique of socially awkward West Coast geeks became our new elite, elevated for and insulated by a technical mastery that few could achieve.

In Life in Code, Ullman presents a series of essays that unlock and explain—and don’t necessarily celebrate—how we got to now, as only she can, with a fluency and expertise that’s unusual in someone with her humanistic worldview, and with the sharp insight and brilliant prose that are uniquely her own. Life in Code is an essential text toward our understanding of the last twenty years—and the next twenty.

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Marks54 rated it ★★★★☆

August 31, 2017

This is a very thoughtful book of essays by a woman who has long experience as a software engineer while morphing into a career as a novelist and essayist. The book comprises chapters that span Ullman's career from the 1990s up through 2017. She remembers her life in programming and the toxic env...

David rated it ★★★★★

September 12, 2017

Another must-read, and a pleasure to read, given the quality of her thinking and writing. And I say that despite the fact that it is a collection of pieces from across three decades, only one of which was written in early 2017. If you are in my age group, and particularly if you lived in San Fran...

Jenny rated it ★★★★☆

August 31, 2017

A great series of essays that look at the evolution of technology from the 90's to now. Ullman gives a very personal look at her experiences and thoughts on the changing state of our world through the eyes of technology.

Rowena rated it ★★★★☆

August 31, 2017

~3.5 An insightful, inspiring, warily hopeful and deftly written memoir. Parts I and II were most engaging, synthesizing technical details and personal moments into thoughtful conclusions on the clean edge of a penetrating style. The second half was not as well connected to Ullman's actual experie...

Marty rated it ★★★☆☆

September 07, 2017

Interesting perspective from Ullman on the last 25+ years in technology development, programming, and everything Internet but have to admit I was a little disappointed that her essays veered off into meandering personal offerings, especially the long description of her relationship with her cat....

Kate rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2017

An interesting collection of essays about programming and technology through the years. I really enjoyed ‘The Rise and First Fall of the Internet’ written in 1998. Ullman's fears about the Internet and its affect on our culture are largely true today. I also enjoyed Ullman's personal stories abou...

Sweta rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

Read via audiobook. GREAT book. At most, maybe half or so is spent explicitly discussing tech culture and its lack of diversity, etc, but the other half is insightful analysis/commentary about tech and computers and life. A real love of coding and computers that made me want to dive deeper and lea...

Frank rated it ★★★★☆

September 04, 2017

Most of the way through I wanted to give this three stars. It was an interesting read, but nothing very different from other stories of life in tech in the 90s. But then the last two chapters, mostly about the current tech wave, were excellent and tied back to so much from the first few chapters....

Mark rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

Interesting view of the last few decades of technology from a perspective that is not frequently heard from. If you are in technology you should read it, men specifically.

amy rated it ★★★★☆

September 14, 2017

"Do they not teach labor history in schools anymore?" Nope.

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