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Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software By Vikram Chandra,

  • Title: Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software
  • Author: Vikram Chandra
  • ISBN: 9780571310302
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 writerA 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.
    Geek Sublime Writing Fiction Coding Software 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 Cha

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    1. It hurts me to say this because I ve always enjoyed his fiction, but Vikram Chandra s latest book is a mess Inchoate, rambling and superficial, Geek Sublime reads like a vanity project like being cornered by some middle aged Uncle at a family gathering and being subjected to hours of him prattling on about his favorite theories while you anxiously watch the clock and wonder when they ll serve dinner Though not a programmer myself, I m not unsympathetic to the idea that code can be beautiful thou [...]

    2. Also reviewed on bookloversmelbourne.cBack when I listed the books on my reading pile, I mentioned Geek Sublime right at the top and said Vikram Chandra intrigues me as a writer I cannot pin him down to any genre He continues that thread of intrigue through this latest work on non fiction amazingly enough classifies this under engineering Maybe they did not look past Coding Software on the title, but even the first few pages would have made it clear it is not Having said that however, it is near [...]

    3. I m torn about giving this book such a low rating, because there were parts that really spoke to me the root of disillusionment with modern day software development the rampant sexism within the industry the pain and struggle of the writing process the parallels between writing programs and writing essays But there were huge swaths of this book that I thought were unreadable For example, I read half the chapter on Anandavardhana before giving up because I was bored out of my mind And when I star [...]

    4. There are a lot of great insights, quotes and stories in this book regarding programming and writing, art and aesthetics I also really appreciated his perspective as someone who his passion for writing fiction by writing code One quibble is that the parts on Indian aesthetic theories felt like they could have been handled better These chapters caused me to alternate between YES YES YES and Wait, what I ll need to re read those sections because I found the ideas fascinating, but featuring too man [...]

    5. This is one of the worst books that I have read recently There are many reasons that I did not like this book 1 Till the end I did not understand why the author wrote about so many things and how they relate to the main topic of the book which is the beauty of code 2 The book is a collection of random blurbs research that author created over a period of time and then combined them together in a book3 The book was made further difficult to follow by using sanskrit words in between The author expe [...]

    6. This book was a bit schizophrenic, moving between two different books with little success in making a connection between them And while I truly enjoyed the chapters regarding coding as design, the parallel story was rather impossible to read.

    7. This is really a rounded up 3.5 star book.It is a weird little book It is sort of about programming, it is sort of about writing, it is sort of about the nature of art, it is sort of about the sociopolitics of Sanskrit, and the sociopolitics of programmers, especially Indian ones and female ones If some of those topics interesting you, it s probably worth reading I picked it up because it was purportedly a book about programming by the guy who wrote Red Earth and Pouring Rain and Sacred Games Us [...]

    8. I had an instant connect with what Chandra is trying to do here He talks about programming, the business of code writing that practically runs our social media obsessed milieu, and he talks about writing itself, that most enriching and creative of human endeavors In recounting his making as a writer and his early years as a programmer in the united states, he finds parallels between both the processes, at the same time delving deep into the Indian narrative traditions, unearthing critical theori [...]

    9. Vikram Chandra has made a living as a programmer and also written award winning literary fiction In Geek Sublime he reflects on the writing of fiction and code, their points of connection and departure, drawing on his own experiences and the observations of others In particular, he makes reference to literary theory, especially that relating to Indian texts, languages, philosophy, mythology and poetry, using it to reflect on ideas of the structure, aesthetics, logic, and the work of text as fict [...]

    10. My first introduction to Chandra was through his novel Sacred games , an engrossing crime novel set in the bustling city of Mumbai, India So when I was naturally intrigued when I heard about his latest non fiction offering Geek sublime , especially after it received glowing reviews in the New York Times, Economist and other publications Geek sublime is a curious book Chandra draws upon his experience as a self taught programmer and muses about the deep and complex relationship between art and co [...]

    11. I ve never read anything by Vikram Chandra and I certainly need to fix it, but I found this book that compares the programming languages and writing literature extremely interesting Not being a programmer myself I must admit, that sometimes I found myself a bit lost on some comparisons, but the author was always quite clear, even when he compares the modern literature, the programming languages and Hindu sacred texts.Non ho mai letto niente di Vikram Chandra e sicuramente devo rimediare, ma ho t [...]

    12. Hmmm, well this is actually an average of 3 for style and 5 for content The writer s condescending, humblebraggy persona can be quite offputting I found this disappointing, as I had really enjoyed his fiction Still, the scope of Chandra s knowledge is truly breathtaking from the mechanics of code writing to ancient linguistic codification to Sanskrit literary theory He understands the tech industry from the inside out, but still has the distance to point out its myths and fallacies.It s the sort [...]

    13. An unexpected pleasure as the author uses linguistics to illuminate the structure of code For those of you who want to embrace design thinking and see the beauty of code and the coders who write it, this book is for you.

    14. My rating is based on my own enjoyment of the book, not on the quality of the writing, which is very high As others have said, the book mixes the author s experiences as a programmer and a writer, with quite a bit about the literature of his native India thrown in There were parts that interested me, parts I found difficult to follow, and parts I skimmed because they didn t interest me enough to put a lot into their reading That is not to say, however, that those parts wouldn t be highly interes [...]

    15. I find this a very hard book to rate It is written by a man who grew up in India and studied fiction writing in the US He works his way through school and novel writing by making money as a computer programmer It s an odd combo and is amply reflected in the book The author s main objective is to discuss the similarities differences between art particularly fiction writing and coding Sort of It s really a strange amalgam of all the things that made the writer who he is The first parts of the book [...]

    16. Vikram Chandra s novel Red Earth Pouring Rain remains one of my favorite books I have been known to pull it off the bookcase and read passages aloud to friends from time to time His new book, which seeks to limn the connections between writing literature and writing code, is thoughtful, often lyrical, and thought provokingly original Having read some reviewers that clearly left readers bewildered or annoyed, I decided I wanted to take the book on its own terms, and found the arch of the discussi [...]

    17. If you think you will find in this book a discussion of aesthetics as applied to programming, of what was considered beautiful in it and is considered beautiful now, of how values and accents shift with new tools, new people, and, importantly, why all that happens, this is not the book you are looking for.Moreover, code mentioned in the title is just a pretext for speculations on Indian history, literature, and religion All the parts about code are quite shallow and seem out of place, so I supp [...]

    18. If you like Hello, world and the nature of dramaandscandalous Sanskrit poetryandthe experience of highly personal writingandgly well brought together,you should probably read this book.My own first program in a new computer language usually outputs Hello, cruel world.But a world with this book in it is not altogether cruel.

    19. Geek Sublime The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Vikram ChandraA review by Galen WeitkampVikram Chandra is a novelist, a programmer and now an aesthetician His book, Geek Sublime, explores the aesthetic nature of computer programming, novel writing, poetry and the capacity of language to be beautiful, expressive and moving.Vikram introduces us to the world of programmers, explaining that among them there are artists who write exquisite code and boors who write ugly, lumbering code and he e [...]

    20. I opened this book mainly because I m interested in writing as well as programming The book did provide some revelations, especially the dhvani rasa theory and the parallelism between event sourcing and Buddhist concept of no self The code of beauty Anandhavardhana and The beauty of code were the best chapters in this book Until those chapters, the book was pretty interesting The chapters after those 2 seemed too high on weed for me.

    21. Geeky Subliminal Delightful.A must read for a wanna be better programmer and wanna be better writer.Having said all that, it s also quite eclectic, elitist and esoteric This one is a demanding read, to say the least In spite of having reasonably respectable background of Sanskrit and Computer Science both, I understood only a not so respectable fraction of what the author was trying to say.

    22. This was a hard one to rate, because it was a hard one to read or actually, to listen to on audio Chandra s stories about his becoming a coder I found quite endearing, as I know many people that followed that same path, myself as well to a point And the chapters about coding languages and the software industry were entertaining, like articles in an ACM magazine or something like Fast Company But when he started diving into the inner workings of Sanskrit he really lost me There are a few chapters [...]

    23. I am still kind of surprised on how whimsical Vikram Chandra s Geek Sublime The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty was I was reading a book ,where almost half of it was about computer coding, and the words Magical Realism kept echoing in my mind Chandra s central thesis is that building code, creating programs is just as intricate and elegant as an artist creating a painting or an author writing a prize winning novel Chandra achieves this I wholeheartedly believe that writing code can be just as [...]

    24. As a mediocre computer programmer by profession, and an avid book lover by hobby, I was very excited about the concept of this book, namely, the crossover between these two worlds Sadly, it failed to deliver It got off to a good start, with a beautifully chiasmic contents page, and then explaining the way in which programming may be considered an art form, but fails to join all the dots, before deteriorating into self indulgent memoir The high point was an analysis of Sanskrit literature and lit [...]

    25. I totally enjoyed most of this book Chandra brings together cultural dynamics in a fresh and original way, linking coding to fiction writing to linguistics to feminism In that sense he did a remarkable job of reflecting the way we live and think, jumping from one thing to the next, but he stopped to put them together, and examine the results Which made for a welcome brain jolt of unexpected conclusions and tangents I appreciated it And want to read his novel I do admit to skipping bits on Sanskr [...]

    26. 3.5 I wish I could say I completely understand his argument linking computer languages and the concept of rasa in medieval indian aesthetics His lucid discussion of the development of programming languages was a real eye opener for which I felt very grateful But even with some schooling in aesthetics I did get lost in his discussion of the early Indian thinkers on these topics But rasa is a tantalizing notion for any art form and I will probably investigate further.

    27. Very good I will never understand the specifics of what coders and programmers do, but like Ellen Ullman s The Bug and Close to the Machine this book exposed aspects of that world to me Chandra also offers Indian philosophy as counterpoint and comparison to the coding, which this reader wasn t completely prepared for wearing a different cap today The difficulty of some of the philosophy made the coding appear beautifully elegant by contrast.

    28. Way too deep for me the author, author of Red Earth and Pouring Rain and, later, Sacred Games, is Indian, educated, intelligent, a good writer, and a programmer in the U.S This book compares writing, programming, Sanskrit which he claims would make an excellent computer language He writes well, which makes it worth reading, but his level of thought exceeds mine.

    29. The part about coding was easy to follow and fascinating I got lost in the part about Indian literature, but after reading the two pages about T.S Eliot and his struggle and lack of success in really getting it himself, I felt a little better The book seemed a bit disjointed but the author does attempt to connect the two topics together at the end.

    30. Brilliant It shines through every page To my mind, it is a necessary book a compulsory reading Echoes Amartya Sen s wish, at the recentlt concluded Jaipur Literature Festival, of focussing on our classical languages Sanskrit, Persian, Prakrit Mirrored Mind should be introduced in Universities for the young to appreciate learn what we have lost and what can still be regained.

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