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The Tao of Programming

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The Tao of Programming
AuthorGeoffrey James
IllustratorGloria Garland
Cover artistGloria Garland
SubjectComputer programming
GenreComputer programming, Satire
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint (Paperback)
005 19
LC ClassQA76.6 .J354 1987
Followed byThe 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":[1]

  • The Silent Void
  • The Ancient Masters
  • Design
  • Coding
  • Maintenance
  • Management
  • Corporate Wisdom
  • Hardware and Software
  • Epilogue

Geoffrey James wrote two other books on this theme, The Zen of Programming (978-0931137099) in 1988 and Computer Parables: Enlightenment in the Information Age (978-0931137136) in 1989.

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