The Tao of Programming
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|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 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.
- Raymond, Eric S. "The Jargon File: Bibliography". Retrieved 3 August 2016.
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