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Recent posts about Dreaming in Code from Scott's blog:


Media coverage

Andrew Leonard’s interview with Scott Rosenberg in Salon is a good starting point

Seattle Times review by Glenn Fleishman (March 9, 2007)

Chicago Tribune review (March 3, 2007)

Harvard Magazine review (March-April 2007)

Information Week column about Dreaming in Code

Andrew Brown’s Guardian column: “We are too busy with computers to be organized by computers”

News and Observer review by Phillip Manning (Jan. 21, 2007)

Ed Cone’s interview with Scott Rosenberg in CIO Insight (Jan. 8, 2007)

Business Week review (Jan. 8, 2007)

Some blog coverage

Adam Barr’s review

Joel Spolsky’s full review

Comments from Joel Spolsky

Slashdot thread on the Ed Cone interview

Review by Scott Berkun

Ed Brill’s post

I’m tagging all the blog posts I find that contain comments or responses to Dreaming in Code over on at this page.

Other links

Scott Rosenberg on Public Radio’s Marketplace

Interview in the Well’s Inkwell.vue conference

Video of Scott Rosenberg’s presentations: At Google; at Microsoft

Scott Mace’s interview with Scott Rosenberg on the Open Source Conversations podcast

Andrew Keen’s interview with Scott Rosenberg on After.TV

Jacket blurbs

Dreaming in Code is the first true successor to Tracy Kidder’s Soul of a New Machine, and is written with a combination of technical sophistication and narrative skill not seen in many years. Read it to understand what all these software wizards actually do.”
James Fallows, The Atlantic

“Technology people like to call complicated problems ‘nontrivial.’ Scott Rosenberg has taken an extremely nontrivial topic and made it accessible. He plainly admires the people who create code, but shows them as the complex, flawed beings we all are. Dreaming in Code is stellar reporting and writing.”
Dan Gillmor, director of The Center for Citizen Media and author of We the Media

Dreaming in Code is a fascinating and sobering exploration of how the challenges of programming both inspire and undermine our human drive to create new tools. Beautifully written, it’s a book for anyone interested in the roots of creativity and innovation, for coders and non-coders alike.”
Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad Is Good for You and Ghost Wars

“Scott Rosenberg bravely goes where no nonprogrammer has dared to go before: into the whirlwind where human imagination struggles to become code. In Dreaming in Code he brilliantly interweaves the story of a start-up software company with the history of our (endless) attempts to rationalize the process of programming.”
Ellen Ullman, author of Close to the Machine

Dreaming in Code has drama, comedy, pathos, and poignancy — and at its center, in Mitch Kapor, one of the most fascinating and yet least understood figures of the digital revolution. It’s also as smart and insightful on its subject as any book I know.”
John Heilemann, author of Pride Before The Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates