The History of Science take on The Computer Boys

Another review, this time from the history of science journal Isis:

Histories of computing have often focused on the history of the computer and even then, more often than not, on the hardware rather than the software. Nathan Ensmenger’s book, in contrast, is a welcome investigation of the social history of the programmer, would-be professionals who were located at an important intersection: they built the tools (the software, the programming languages, the documentation) and at the same time had to carve out a place in often resentful organizations…

Ensmenger has provided our best account of this phenomenon so far.


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