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The Tao of Programming
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Paperback (September 1986)
Info Books; ISBN: 0931137071
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Each language has its place within the Tao ... December 9, 1999
Reviewer: H R Kuehne (see more about me) from Jackson, TN ... But do not program in Cobol if you can avoid it. (from Chapter 1.2)
Thus spake the master programmer (Geoffery James).
I am both a follower of Tao and a programmer of more than 30 years experience. I am also a great fan of this book. It belongs on every programmer's bookshelf, right beside _The_Mythical_Man-Month_ and _The_Devil's_DP_Dictionary_
Just to drive the point home, here is Chapter 4.3 (I appeal to the "Fair Use" exclusion of the Copyright Law):
A master was explaining the nature of Tao to one of his novices. "The Tao is embodied in all software -- regardless of how insignificant," said the master.
"Is the Tao in a hand-held calculator?" asked the novice. "It is," came the reply.
"Is the Tao in a video game?" continued the novice. "It is even in a video game," said the master.
"And is the Tao in the DOS for a personal computer?" The master coughed and shifted his position slightly. "The lesson is over for today," he said.
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