The Tao of Programming
|Cover artist||Gloria Garland|
|Genre||Computer programming, Satire|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|LC Class||QA76.6 .J354 1987|
|Followed by||The Zen of Programming|
«The wise programmer is told about Tao and follows it. The average programmer is told about Tao and searches for it. The foolish programmer is told about Tao and laughs at it.»
The Tao of Programming is a book written in 1987 by Geoffrey James. Written in a tongue-in-cheek style spoof of classic Taoist texts such as the Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi which belies its serious message, it consists of a series of short anecdotes divided into nine "books":
- The Silent Void
- The Ancient Masters
- Corporate Wisdom
- Hardware and Software
The themes of the book espouse many hacker ideals—managers should leave programmers to their work; code should be small, elegant, and maintainable; corporate wisdom is more often than not an oxymoron; and so on.
Geoffrey James wrote two other books on this theme, The Zen of Programming in 1988 and Computer Parables: Enlightenment in the Information Age in 1989.
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