Friday, June 06, 2008

Just Read: Dreaming in code

Dreaming in Code is a scary book, the kind of book that makes you wonder if it is really wise to keep pursuing the vain ambition of writing software. By telling the storing of Chandler, an open source project aimed at revolutionize Personal Information Management tools, the author takes us deep in the moving sands of software development.

The most daunting aspect of the book is the following: if the best developers in the world gathered together under the supervision of a level 5 leader (Mitch Kapor) struggle to build software like the rest of us mortals do our pesky daily jobs, then is there any hope?

Maybe hope is in the unintentional software we build while intending to build something else? We got Ruby on Rails, Blogger and Flickr that way, after all.