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The Resource The computer boys take over : computers, programmers, and the politics of technical expertise, Nathan Ensmenger, (electronic resource)

The computer boys take over : computers, programmers, and the politics of technical expertise, Nathan Ensmenger, (electronic resource)

Label
The computer boys take over : computers, programmers, and the politics of technical expertise
Title
The computer boys take over
Title remainder
computers, programmers, and the politics of technical expertise
Statement of responsibility
Nathan Ensmenger
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "This book provides the most holistic approach to the history of the development of programming and computer systems so far written. By embedding this history in a sociological and political context, Ensmenger has added hugely to our understanding of how the world of computing and its work practices came to be." Martin Campbell-Kelly, Professor of Computer Science, Warwick University
  • "The Computer Boys Take Over shows how computer programmers struggled for professional legitimacy and organizational recognition from the early days of ENIAC through the $300 billion Y2K crisis. Ensmenger's descriptions of ̀computer science' and ̀software engineering,' as well as his portraits of Maurice Wilkes, Alan Turing, John Backus, Edsger Dijkstra, Fred Brooks, and other pioneers, give a compelling introduction to the field." Thomas J. Misa, Director of the Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota
  • "The Computer Boys Take Over rewrites the history of computing by recounting the development of software in terms of labor, gender, and professionalization. Ensmenger meets the long-standing challenge to reform computer history by employing themes of vital interest to the general history of science and technology." Ronald Kline, Bovay Professor in History and Ethics of Engineering, Cornell University
  • Like all great social and technological developments, the "computer revolution" of the twentieth century didn't just happen. People-not impersonal processes-made it happen. In The Computer Boys Take Over, Nathan Ensmenger describes the emergence of the technical specialists-computer programmers, systems analysts, and data processing managers-who helped transform the electronic digital computer from a scientific curiosity into the most powerful and ubiquitous technology of the modern era. They did so not as inventors from the traditional mold, but as the developers of the "software" (broadly defined to include programs, procedures, and practices) that integrated the novel technology of electronic computing into existing social, political, and technological networks. As mediators between the technical system (the computer) and its social environment (existing structures and practices), these specialists became a focus for opposition to the use of new information technologies. To many of their contemporaries, it seemed the "computer boys" were taking over, not just in the corporate setting, but also in government, politics, and society in general
  • Ensmenger follows the rise of the computer boys as they struggled to establish a role for themselves within traditional organizational, professional, and academic hierarchies. He describes the tensions that emerged between the craft-centered practices of vocational programmers, the increasingly theoretical agenda of academic computer science, and the desire of corporate managers to control and routinize the process of software development. In doing so, he provides a human perspective on what is too often treated as a purely technological phenomenon. --Book Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
OCLCE
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
History of computing
Label
The computer boys take over : computers, programmers, and the politics of technical expertise, Nathan Ensmenger, (electronic resource)
Link
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/bkabstractplus.jsp?bkn=6267480
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • The
  • Cosa Nostra of the data processing industry
  • The
  • professionalization of programming
  • Engineering a solution
  • Conclusion:
  • visible technicians
  • Introduction:
  • computer revolutionaries
  • The
  • black art of programming
  • Chess players, music lovers, and mathematicians
  • Tower of Babel
  • The
  • rise of computer science
Control code
ocn763135270
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 320 p.)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262289351
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Lccn
2009052638
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)763135270
Label
The computer boys take over : computers, programmers, and the politics of technical expertise, Nathan Ensmenger, (electronic resource)
Link
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/bkabstractplus.jsp?bkn=6267480
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • The
  • Cosa Nostra of the data processing industry
  • The
  • professionalization of programming
  • Engineering a solution
  • Conclusion:
  • visible technicians
  • Introduction:
  • computer revolutionaries
  • The
  • black art of programming
  • Chess players, music lovers, and mathematicians
  • Tower of Babel
  • The
  • rise of computer science
Control code
ocn763135270
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 320 p.)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262289351
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Lccn
2009052638
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)763135270

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