The Valve Employee Handbook [PDF]
. An oral history of computer gaming, with Sid Meier
(Civillisation I - V
, Railroad Tycoon
) and Ralph Baer
, the Simon platform), from Vice TV's Motherboard
. Also: interviews with classic computer game programmers
: Eugene Jarvis
), Jeff Minter
, Revenge Of The Mutant Camels
) and many more, together with the Giant List of Classic Game Programmers
. (Previously, a decade ago).
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Apr 21, 2012 -
Rediscovering WWII's female "computers"
. While researching a documentary in Philadelphia, filmmaker LeAnn Erickson came across two women with a story she'd never heard before: thousands of women with advanced mathematical skills employed as "computers", working day and night during WWII to supply soldiers in the field with precise ballistics algorithms. Some of those women also went on to program ENIAC
, the first general-purpose computer (previously
). Erickson turned their stories into Top Secret Rosies
, a documentary released to theaters last year and to DVD this month. One of those programmers, Betty Jean Jennings Bartik, spoke at length
to the Computing History Museum in 2008. [youtube, 1:07:19] [via
posted by Errant
on Feb 8, 2011 -
is a "Programming Bloopers" repository and forum, collecting, dissecting and making good fun of badly written code. Programmers can appreciate their fellow coders' strange
or plainly funny
problem solving techniques. Sometimes programmers will square the wheel
while reinventing it. Or take the best practices
to the insanity level.
Some programming knowledge required.
posted by nkyad
on Apr 27, 2005 -
'outs' Electronic Arts' harsh employment practices, and by implication disses the whole American 'work 'em 'till they drop' ethos. Is this the start of a quiet revolution or is the American Way too entrenched to be stopped?
posted by Duug
on Nov 11, 2004 -
The Dark Side of Google?
Google's first annual programming contest
was a shrewd way to encourage Java and Python programmers. But this may be shrewder than the programmers who entered the contest realized. David Egnor
may have nabbed a cool $10,000 as the contest winner, but for all the other entries, Google nabbed "worldwide, perpetual, fully paid-up, nonexclusive" rights.
posted by ed
on May 31, 2002 -
Software projects are notorious for time and budget overruns (examples that come to mind include Mozilla
and the Denver Airport baggage system
). There are a large number of design methods, development processes, and programming methodologies that claim or hint at objective estimation of development schedules, project complexity, and programmer productivity. Unfortunately, they're all bunk.
"The creation of genuinely new software has far more in common with developing a new theory of physics than it does with producing cars or watches on an assembly line."
Programmers, try telling that one to your next customer.
posted by lagado
on Nov 21, 2001 -