The Philosophical Programmer

The Philosophical Programmer

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In one of the most unorthodox yet necessary programming books ever to appear, Daniel Kohanski, a seasoned programmer and systems consultant, delves into the foundational concepts and basic mechanics of computers and computer programming. Rather than writing yet another book that teaches readers how to write code, Kohanski penetrates more deeply into the nature of programming istelf. By exploring what programming is all about, The Philosophical Programmer: Reflections on the Moth in the Machine offers an introduction for the computer neophyte as well as an opportunity for experienced programmers to understand better the fundamental nature of their craft.A program can even alter its own instructions in response to changing circumstances, which is a basic prerequisite of artificial intelligence. ... a defined threshold, the computerwillbe directedto execute a differentset of instructionsthan it wouldhave otherwise. ... In this respect the computer is no more than an infinitely more complex cuckoo clock, which is only as accurate asthe skill of the clockmaker.

Title:The Philosophical Programmer
Author:Daniel Kohanski
Publisher:St. Martin's Press - 2014-08-19


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