2011

The Seductive Computer

Why IT Systems Always Fail

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ISBN: 978-1-84996-497-5 (Print) 978-1-84996-498-2 (Online)

Table of contents (25 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi

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    Pages 1-11

    Introduction

  3. The Joy of Programming

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      Pages 13-13

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      Pages 15-23

      The Happy Hacker, Love at First Byte

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      Pages 25-31

      The Reluctant Programmer

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      Pages 33-52

      Cooking Up Programs

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      Pages 53-67

      Recipes for What?

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      Pages 69-90

      Programs: The Good, the Bad, and the Verified

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      Pages 91-98

      Going to Ground with Symbols

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      Pages 99-108

      Hooptedoodle 1 – The Proof of the Science is in the Pudding

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      Pages 109-113

      The Soft Machine

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      Pages 115-130

      Computers Only Do as They’re Told

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      Pages 131-147

      Hooptedoodle 2: Recursing Through Tescos

  4. The Way of the Seducer

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 149-149

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      Pages 151-158

      Intimate Relationships of the Computational Kind

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      Pages 159-179

      Programming with Flair

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      Pages 181-186

      Hooptedoodle 3: The Seductive Gene

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      Pages 187-206

      Runaway Programs: Dr Frankenstein’s Predicament

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      Pages 207-216

      Sneakaway Programs: Everybody’s Predicament

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      Pages 217-221

      Hooptedoodle 4: Bases for Data Security

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      Pages 223-230

      The Roles of Software in Society

  5. Pieces of Resistance

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      Pages 231-231

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      Pages 233-240

      Help from Within

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      Pages 241-248

      A Moderately Stupid Assistant

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