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Coderspeak: The language of computer programmers

Orlandini Heurich, Guilherme; (2024) Coderspeak: The language of computer programmers. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Software applications have taken over our lives. We use and are used by software many times a day. Nevertheless, we know very little about the invisibly ubiquitous workers who write software. Who are they and how do they perceive their own practice? How does that shape the ways in which they collaborate to build the myriad of apps that we use every day? Coderspeak provides a critical approach to the digital transformation of our world through an engaging and thoughtful analysis of the people who write software. It is a focused and in-depth look at one programming language and its community – Ruby - based on ethnographic research at a London company and conversations with members of the wider Ruby community in Europe, the Americas and Japan. This book shows that the place people write code, the language they write it in and the stories shared by that community are crucial in questioning and unpacking what it means to be a ‘coder’. Understanding this social group is essential if we are to grasp a future (and a present) in which computer programming increasingly dominates our lives.

Type: Book
Title: Coderspeak: The language of computer programmers
ISBN-13: 9781800085985
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800085985
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800085985
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Author, 2024 Images © Copyright holders named in captions, 2024 Any third-party material in this book is not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence. Details of the copyright ownership and permitted use of third-party material is given in the image (or extract) credit lines. If you would like to reuse any third-party material not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright owner. This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by-nc/4.0/. This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) and any changes are indicated. Attribution should include the following information: Heurich, G. O.2024. Coderspeak: The language of computer programmers. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800085985 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: computer programming, anthropology, digital anthropology, language, Ruby
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10188850
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