Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

Hackers Painters Big Ideas from the Computer Age The computer world is like an intellectual Wild West in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas if you re willing to risk the consequences from Hackers Painters Big Ideas from the Comput

  • Title: Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age
  • Author: Paul Graham
  • ISBN: 9781449389550
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • The computer world is like an intellectual Wild West, in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas, if you re willing to risk the consequences from Hackers Painters Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul GrahamWe are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software designers, by people The computer world is like an intellectual Wild West, in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas, if you re willing to risk the consequences from Hackers Painters Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul GrahamWe are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software designers, by people who call themselves hackers Who are these people, what motivates them, and why should you care Consider these facts Everything around us is turning into computers Your typewriter is gone, replaced by a computer Your phone has turned into a computer So has your camera Soon your TV will Your car was not only designed on computers, but has processing power in it than a room sized mainframe did in 1970 Letters, encyclopedias, newspapers, and even your local store are being replaced by the Internet.Hackers Painters Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul Graham, explains this world and the motivations of the people who occupy it In clear, thoughtful prose that draws on illuminating historical examples, Graham takes readers on an unflinching exploration into what he calls an intellectual Wild West The ideas discussed in this book will have a powerful and lasting impact on how we think, how we work, how we develop technology, and how we live Topics include the importance of beauty in software design, how to make wealth, heresy and free speech, the programming language renaissance, the open source movement, digital design, internet startups, and .

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    About Author

    1. Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web based application, Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998 In 2002 he described a simple statistical spam filter that inspired a new generation of filters He s currently working on a new programming language called Arc, a new book on startups, and is one of the partners in Y Combinator.Paul is the author of On Lisp Prentice Hall, 1993 , ANSI Common Lisp Prentice Hall, 1995 , and Hackers Painters O Reilly, 2004 He has an AB from Cornell and a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard, and studied painting at RISD and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.Paulgraham got 10.6 million page views in 2008.

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    1. I had serious problems with this book So Paul Graham is a successful Lisp hacker who made a lot of money from his start up Good for him To be sure, this earns him some credibility in discussing languages and start ups Unfortunately, he takes it upon himself to extrapolate from this single data point to universal laws of what makes you successful Moreover, he seems to think that his success as a geek entrepreneur somehow lends validity to whatever unsubstantiated thoughts, feelings and prejudices [...]


    2. Meh This started out promising While it may provide inspirational fodder for young, technological entrepreneurs, everyone else might soon find the tone obnoxious and constant extrapolation tedious Graham is at his best when he sticks to what he knows programming and business technology As such, the best chapter is programming languages explained This chapter held the most accessible explanation on language analytic that I ve ever come across, and is a pleasure to read Other chapters, such as how [...]


    3. What I expected going in was interested parallels on the process of creating software versus other creative arts, and what Graham had learned across multiple disciplines That I can dig.What I got is a string of thinly justified essays that are lionising The Uber1337 Hacker as a misunderstood maverick agent for changing that is only being kept back by The Man.Graham is a smart man far smarter than me, and he s written a lot software But the tone of the book is grating, because a he keeps coming [...]


    4. Full review and highlights at booksx nova hackers and painters I was looking at my highlights for Paul Graham s Hackers and Painters and it seems like I basically highlighted the entire book It s that good.At its core, this is a book about how changes in technology particularly computer tech has changed economic and social realities and the new breed of tech savvy doers that these technological shifts have brought to the forefront of our society.Graham begins at the beginning of the alpha nerd s [...]


    5. A collection of essays from Paul Graham, a programmer who strongly advocates LISP programming This book provides deep insights into nerd s life, hacker, entrepreneurship, and, which I enjoy the most, programming language Paul showed why LISP is the most powerful programming language by comparing it with many other programming language C, Java, Perl, Python, Ruby 4 star only because the info is somehow out of date Here is my quick notes Chap 1 Reading about nerds in school made something inside m [...]


    6. This book is a collection of essays by Paul Graham co founder of Y Combinator , the essays are written in a really good style, the book is inspirational and thought provoking It provide lots of insights on programming, startups, entrepreneurship, nerds, etc The essays on programming languages are very interesting, Paul Graham clearly knows what he s talking about especially that he is co creating a new Lisp dialect called Arc But I didn t like it when he arguments on why Lisp is the most powerfu [...]


    7. The hackers and painters link is tenuous at best, and I didn t find much of the stuff in here revolutionary, but it was published in 2004 and I tend to agree with most of it It seems to be mostly geared toward inspiring nerds to make conscious decisions in the career, be it starting a business or otherwise even if it does claim to be aimed at anyone interested in learning about software and software systems All that said, Graham is a decent writer He adopts an authoritative tone which people mi [...]


    8. I am a fan of PG s essays, so I was looking forward to reading this book Unfortunately, it is just a collection of essays he has published online If you have read the essays available on his website, you can safely skip this book.In many of the essays, PG makes statements such as The time to code a program depends mainly on its length which are ridiculous I know he is trying to appeal to a wider audience, but staying stuff like this without anything to back it up is ridiculous Some of his argume [...]


    9. A fun to read mix of insight and ideology, Graham is someone we can learn from no matter which side of the box he s thinking on His essay on nerds Why Nerds are Unpopular is still a favorite, even while his essay on disparity of wealth Mind the Gap is among the most unreflective apologies for anarcho capitalism I ve ever read.I was, at least, inspired enough while reading Graham to put a few thoughts together those interested can find them here.


    10. Starting from random opinionated views on how the world works, to interesting correlations about art and science ending with a strong evangelism on the programming language lisp, Paul forces us to put our thinking cap on.


    11. Haven t finished the book The man may be very good at his job, but he sucks at writing The book looks like a compilation of cheap motivation posts with catchy titles However it may amuse those who are completely unrelated to IT.


    12. A collection of essays that are thought provoking and insightful Oh, and he makes nerds look super cool, so a big thumbs up from me I recommend it to programmers and people interested in computer science.


    13. The articles on technology were decent not great , but it was hard not to facepalm every couple of pages on his articles about social commentary.


    14. Self indulgent, self congratulatory, vague concepts expounding on platitudes trivialities.Paul Graham is a badass, no doubt, but this book can be skipped.


    15. Great book, not only for developers You don t need to agree with all Paul s points I certainly didn t in order to appreciate courage and creativity of authors ideas.


    16. Paul Graham is computer scientist, entrepreneur and a venture capitalist He is famously known for his work on LISP, his former startup Viaweb, and co founding the influential startup accelerator Y Combinator In Hackers and Painters, what starts as a very general book with essays like Why nerds are unpopular , Hackers Painters, What you can t say, Good Bad attitude etc turns highly technical towards the end He advocates why LISP is a better language for programming softwares, what is the right en [...]


    17. A must read book for every developer I love overlaps to other domains As a non native speaker, I have learnt a couple of new interesting words At first sight, it does not look technical at all, but it does indeed Very good insight to history of programming but also to the future It contains several refrains such as Lisp, languages vary in power, ViaWeb, startup, renaissance and painting It glues essays nice together.


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    19. One of the best books I have read I wish I had read this book when I was 14 yrs old Paul Graham is the favorite philosopher in the hacker community.


    20. I really enjoy Paul Graham s writings I think that everything in this book may be available on Graham s blog, but it s still worth checking out The book is really a series of essays in disguise but frankly that makes it much better than many drawn out books that would have been better as essay Graham writes in a direct manner that is very engaging I recommend the following essay in particular 3 What You Can t Say In this essay Graham defines a procedure for identifying beliefs that you should pr [...]


    21. I wish I picked this book in my first year undergrad or any other book then for that matter P Glad to be reading it now nevertheless.


    22. Paul Graham has some very interesting ideas on hacking The perspective that draws a parallel between hackers and all creators makes a hacker feel great about himself herself Graham is open minded Moreover, his strength in inductive thinking cannot be ignored when he extends our disapproval of some prevalent ideas of the past to infer that the ideas that are ubiquitous today might also appear idiosyncratic in the future Another similar idea is the parallel drawn between religion and programming l [...]


    23. I started with a bias to like this book, because programming was my passion in university in 1976 and I often wonder if I had stayed on that path, could my career path and bank account been richer for it I don t have enough programming experience to comment on the various computer language comparison opinions, which other reviewers seem to value I did think the author s insights into adolescent and high school socialization and the reasons why small software start ups can often run circles aroun [...]


    24. Great read Brimming with lots of valuable philosophical insights for hackers and startup people I liked how he frequently looks back in time to understand humans, the evolution of problems and how they have been solved PG makes a lot of great observations and talks about a lot of things nerds, wealth, hacking, painting, history, people, religion etc I especially enjoyed the prose on good design and the dream programming language A good amount of content in the book concentrates on programming la [...]


    25. Hackers and painters is a book written by Paul Graham who ran a startup in the 1990 s which was later sold to Yahoo He is now running Y Combinator.Hackers and painters is a book which reads like a collection of random essays The first few chapters is about the start of computing and about childhood while later chapters are about both starting a startup and socioeconomic policies The last chapters are about programming languages where he strongly argues for lisp.Anyone so have read one of his ess [...]


    26. Paul Graham is an early web innovator creating the first online store company, ViaWeb, which was later sold to Yahoo He clearly foresees technology trends the iPhone and Cloud Computing and is righteously opinionated something important for creative, entrepreneurial people as he writes in one of the book s earliest essays is a libertarian and sees the world through those lenses it happens to be a lens I share to some degree, so it was a refreshing read If you dislike libertarian thought the book [...]


    27. Easily THE most insightful book I have ever read Paul Graham hits the nail on the head in every chapter He does so by speaking from experience, his small 3 man startup was bought out by Yahoo and then quickly went downhill as most things that are bought out by Yahoo do One of the best phrases from the book is talking about the concept of a job Someone graduating from college thinks, and is told, they need to get a job, as if the important thing were becoming yet another member of an institution [...]


    28. The book is a compilation of essays published originally on Paul Graham s website He is a vocal advocate of lisp and the book is filled with opinionated support for his favorite language revolving around anecdotes from his startup days Apart from that he presents a few other essays on subjects like how to create wealth and write spam filters The overarching theme of the book is that hacking revolves not around programming languages and other technicalities but the individual or the hacker who is [...]


    29. This is a good book based on popular essays written by Paul in the beginning of 2000th.Book is fun to read and it covers various topics, starting from challenges of being nerd to thought experiment of designing programming language for the future.One particular interesting aspect is related to Paul s thoughts on something that is known today as dev ops Basically, he did something like that at late 90th that predates this technique for than a decade.I can t say that I ve found too many insights, [...]


    30. Very good book indeed It s mostly about entrepreneurship for those nerds who have been bullied their entire live but they have changes to be rich than their bullies Paul Graham has very strong opinions that I don t always agree, but he managed to predict some trends that are actually happening nowadays Ex the gradual evolution of programming languages towards what LISP is and was since its creation This book has motivated me to be curious and take risks in terms of choices.


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