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Steve Jobs (Founder/Apple)

Now, I had heard from my publisher (who knew Jobs from way back) that Jobs had liked my recently published book The Tao of Programming. So I thought, why not? and walked up and introduced myself. Jobs smiled, shook my outstretched hand and said:

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The Tao of Programming is a book written in 1987 by Geoffrey James. Written in a tongue-in-cheek style spoof of classic Taoist texts such as the Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi which belies its serious message, it consists of a series of short anecdotes divided into nine "books":

  • The Silent Void
  • The Ancient Masters
  • Design
  • Coding
  • Maintenance
  • Management
  • Corporate Wisdom
  • Hardware and Software
  • Epilogue

The themes of the book espouse many hacker ideals—managers should leave programmers to their work; code should be small, elegant, and maintainable; corporate wisdom is more often than not an oxymoron; and so on.

Geoffrey James wrote two other books on this theme, The Zen of Programming in 1988 and Computer Parables: Enlightenment in the Information Age in 1989.

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