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Fatal defect : chasing killer computer bugs

Author: Ivars Peterson
Publisher: New York : Times Books, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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More than ever, our society depends on the reliable - if not always correct - functioning of computers. Computers amplify not only our genius but our flaws, sometimes to intolerable extremes. Author Ivars Peterson traces the lurching history of software development and describes how misconceptions and mistakes have become an inextricable part of computer programs and systems. He creates fascinating and colorful  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Peterson, Ivars.
Fatal defect.
New York : Times Books, ©1995
(OCoLC)755285796
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ivars Peterson
ISBN: 0812920236 9780812920239
OCLC Number: 31604755
Description: xxiii, 260 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Ivars Peterson.

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More than ever, our society depends on the reliable - if not always correct - functioning of computers. Computers amplify not only our genius but our flaws, sometimes to intolerable extremes. Author Ivars Peterson traces the lurching history of software development and describes how misconceptions and mistakes have become an inextricable part of computer programs and systems. He creates fascinating and colorful profiles of the people who hunt down these elusive computer bugs and struggle to make an inherently fallible system less treacherous. He also offers dozens of detailed examples of how computer failures occur - some amusing, some annoying, others terrifying, even fatal. Each computer failure is a reminder that we all pay a price for sloppy thinking in software development, for making the rush to market a more important consideration than safety and reliability. No software can ever be guaranteed 100 percent bug-free, but if we analyze our past mistakes and rethink our approach to computers, we can defuse some ticking time bombs and create a more trustworthy next generation of computers.

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