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Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software [Kindle Edition]

Vikram Chandra
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A great novelist on his twin obsessions: writing and coding. What is the relationship between the two? Is there such a thing as the sublime in code? Can we ascribe beauty to the craft of coding?

Vikram Chandra is the award-winning author of two acclaimed novels and a collection of short stories - and has been a computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a writer. In his extraordinary new book he looks at the connection between these two worlds of art and technology. Coders are obsessed with elegance and style, just as writers are, but do the words mean the same thing to both? And is it a coincidence that Chandra is drawn to two seemingly opposing ways of thinking?

Exploring these questions, Chandra creates an idiosyncratic history of coding - exploring such varied topics as logic gates and literary modernism, the male machismo of geeks, the striking presence of an 'Indian Mafia' in Silicon Valley, and the writings of Abhinavagupta, the 10th - 11th century Kashmiri thinker. Part technology story and part memoir, Geek Sublime is a book of sweeping ideas. It is a heady and utterly original work.

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Born in New Delhi, India, in 1961, Vikram Chandra now divides his time between Bombay and Washington D.C. His debut novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, was awarded the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Best First Published Book. His collection of stories, Love and Longing in Bombay, was published in 1997 and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Eurasia region. It was also shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. His most recent novel, Sacred Games, was published in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Encore Awards.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Extraordinary. 30. März 2014
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Enough said. Get the book. A real gem, one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years. An incredible synthesis of the creative process, of writing, of code, of our world, and the other, too.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thinking and coding 18. Juli 2014
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Vikram Chanda's book is an intellectual challenge. He talks about coding software throwing in some interesting anecdotes about, and quotes from, some of the great minds in the history of coding Ada Byron, Alan Turing etc. but he also brings in a large chunk of Sanskrit linguistics and Indian philosophy of poetry. I found this interesting but did wonder at times how it was going to tie into the discussion of elegant code. I was relieved to find that TS Eliot also found the Indian philosophy challenging. Chandra does resolve his arguments in the end. I'm not sure who the audience for this book is, perhaps those interested in the philosophy of computing, if there is such a thing, but its certainly not a book I would recommend to the casual reader, despite enjoying it myself
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