Dreaming in code

by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Jan 22, 2014   ⋅   Menlo Park, CA

Two years after reading this book I don't remember anything from it, so I'd think twice before investing your time in it.

The full title was: Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software. The book explains the story behind Chandler, Mitch Kapor’s open-source pet project in which he invested couple of millions of $$$ and it was failure.

I really expected something different from this book and I really can’t tell how I feel about it.

On one side, the structure of the book is fairly disruptive: its project commentary part, largely documentary, is good and fairly well documented and falls into the category of standard IT books reporting on project’s biography.

On the other side I think it’s great for novice project managers, who got pushed to manage technical projects: it explains basics operation of the software team and gives some rudimentary knowledge on the nature of software and software creation skill-set and tools.

Since most of technical stuff in the book happens to be familiar to me, I found technical descriptions to make me loose focus and I had to backtrack the audio track several times.

Depending on which audience group you’re qualifying for, I’d decide whether to give this book shot.

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About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me