The Psychology of Computer Programming

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This landmark 1971 classic is reprinted with new commentary and a Preface from the author.

Long regarded as one of the first books to pioneer a people-oriented approach to computing, The Psychology of Computer Programming endures as a penetrating analysis of the intelligence, skill, teamwork, and problem-solving power of the computer programmer.

Returning to topics that are strikingly relevant to today's issues in programming, Gerald M. ...

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Overview

This landmark 1971 classic is reprinted with new commentary and a Preface from the author.

Long regarded as one of the first books to pioneer a people-oriented approach to computing, The Psychology of Computer Programming endures as a penetrating analysis of the intelligence, skill, teamwork, and problem-solving power of the computer programmer.

Returning to topics that are strikingly relevant to today's issues in programming, Gerald M. Weinberg provides a characteristically fresh perspective on his original insights, highlighting the similarities and differences between now and then. Using a conversational style that invites the reader to join him, Weinberg reunites with some of his most enduring, straight-from-the-heart observations on the human side of software engineering.

Dorset House Publishing is proud to make this important text available to new generations of Weinberg fans — and to encourage readers of the first edition to return to its valuable lessons.

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The first edition has been continuously in print since 1971, and here software engineer Weinberg leaves the original text and adds a new preface and commentary on each chapter. He describes computer programming as human performance, a social activity, and an individual activity and describes some programming. The language is kept to a minimum technical level to be accessible to newcomers and non- programmers who want to find out something about the field. Originally published by Van Nostrand Reinhold. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780932633422
  • Publisher: Dorset House Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the Silver Anniversary Edition ..... xi
Original Preface ..... xvii
Comments on the Original Preface ..... xix
Suggestions for Course Use ..... xxi
Part 1. Programming as Human Performance ..... 2
1 Reading Programs ..... 5
2 What Makes a Good Program? ..... 15
3 How Can We Study Programming? ..... 27
Part 2. Programming as a Social Activity ..... 44
4 The Programming Group ..... 47
5 The Programming Team ..... 67
6 The Programming Project ..... 95
Part 3. Programming as an Individual Activity ..... 118
7 Variations in the Programming Task ..... 121
8 Personality Factors ..... 141
9 Intelligence, or Problem-Solving Ability ..... 161
10 Motivation, Training, and Experience ..... 180
Part 4. Programming Tools ..... 202
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