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    DescriptionWith a New Introduction by Jaron Lanier A "Salon" Best Book of the Year In 1997, the computer was still a relatively new tool---a sleek and unforgiving machine that was beyond the grasp of most users. With intimate and unflinching detail, software engineer Ellen Ullman examines the strange ecstasy of being at the forefront of the predominantly male technological revolution, and the difficulty of translating the inherent messiness of human life into artful and efficient code. "Close to the Machine" is an elegant and revelatory mediation on the dawn of the digital era.

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    Close to the Machine
    Technophilia and Its Discontents
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ellen Ullman, Introduction by Jaron Lanier
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 189
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 186 g
    ISBN 13: 9781250002488
    ISBN 10: 1250002486

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    B&T Approval Code: A93606642
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    LC classification: QA76.2.U43 A3 2012
    Edition statement
    Picador USA
    Imprint name
    Picador USA
    Publication date
    28 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Ellen Ullman is an American computer programmer and author. She has written novels as well as articles for various publications, including "Harper's Magazine," "Wired," "The New York Times," and "Salon." Her essays and novels analyze the human side of the world of computer programming. Ullman earned a bachelor's degree in English at Cornell University in the early 1970s. She then turned to business programming in the following years. She eventually began writing about her experiences as a programmer in 1995 when she wrote an essay titled "Out of Time: Reflections on the Programming Life." She lives in San Francisco.
    Review quote
    "Astonishing...Impossible to put down."---"San Francisco Chronicle """Close to the Machine" may be the best---it's certainly the most human---book to have emerged thus far from the culture of Silicon Valley. Ullman is that rarity, a computer programmer with a poet's feeling for language."---Laura Miller, "Salon ""Part memoir, part techie mantra, part observation on the ever-changing world of computer science...[Ullman is] a strong woman standing up to, and facing down, 'obsolescence' in two different, particularly unforgiving worlds---modern technology and modern society."---"The New York Times Book Review""Fascinating...Chock-full of delicately profound insights into work, money, love, and the search for a life that matters."---"Newsweek ""Ullman comes with her tech bona fides intact (she is, after all, a seasoned software engineer). But she also comes with novel material....We see the seduction at the heart of programming: embedded in the hijinks and hieroglyphics are the esoteric mysteries of the human mind."---"Wired ""This book is a little masterpiece....I have never read anything like it."---Andrei Codrescu "For someone sitting so close to the machine, Ellen Ullman possesses a remarkably wide-angle perspective on the technology culture she inhabits."---"The Village Voice"