Ellen Ullman

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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. She owned a consulting firm and worked as technology commentator for NPR's All Things Considered.[1] Her essays and novels analyze the human side of the world of computer programming.

Ullman's adoptive father's family included computer scientists and mathematicians who had a major impact on her decision to pursue software engineering, a field for which she did "not have native talent."[2] Ullman earned a B.A. in English at Cornell University in the early 1970s.[3] She began working professionally in 1978 as a programmer of EDI applications and graphical user interfaces that preceded Microsoft Windows.[4]

She eventually began writing about her experiences as a programmer. From 1994 until 1996 she published articles in Harper's Magazine and in the collections Resisting the Virtual Life and Wired Women.[4] In 1995 she wrote an essay titled Out of Time: Reflections on the Programming Life. She lives in San Francisco.[5]







  1. ^ Zeisler, Andi (30 April 1999). "Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents". Bitch. Bitch Publications. 1 (2): 50. ISSN 1524-5314. This excellent volume by Ellen Ullman--software engineer, owner of a consulting firm, and technology commentator for NPR's All Things Considered--is a memoir in the form of a series of anecdotal ruminations on how technology affects the social world. 
  2. ^ Ellen Ullman (1 January 2009). "My Secret Life". The New York Times. San Francisco. p. A23. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Women Who Inspire Us". GirlGeeks. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b IEEE Software. Los Alamitos: IEEE Computer Society. 15 (3): 42–45. May 1998. doi:10.1109/MS.1998.10019. ISSN 0740-7459.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Bugged out". Salon Magazine. 2003-05-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-02-19.  (Interview about her novel The Bug.)

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