Code Is for Humans
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Code Is for Humans

A Guide to Human-Centric Software Engineering

About the Book

To write better code and build better products, we must understand why engineering and design often fail. Why is it so difficult to write bug-free code? Why do people fail to use products? And why do engineering projects so often go sideways? 

The answer to these questions lies in the shortcomings of human cognition and the nature of complexity. This book explores these topics and presents a human-centric approach to software engineering. An approach that considers and compensates for our cognitive biases, cognitive weaknesses, and the chaotic nature of the universe. An approach that teaches how to balance concerns, defend against entropy, take precautions, reduce complexity, and deal with our cognitive shortcomings.

The ideas presented will help you write better code, build better products, and be a more effective engineer.

This book is the first part of a two-book series. This book focuses on theory and contains almost no code, while Book II is more technical and uses code examples and case studies to demonstrate how to apply the theory. 

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Zohar Jackson
Zohar Jackson

Zohar Jackson served as a Software Architect at Mobileye (Israel's top tech company) and Vice President of Engineering at Over twenty years of writing software has led him to work on a large variety of software, including self-driving cars, web applications, projects with intelligence agencies, automated trading for financial firms, computational photography, machine learning, and distributed systems.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

Defending your civil liberties in a digital world.

Based in San Francisco, EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology.

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

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