Has anyone read this book yet and if so what did you think? From the cover blurb, it is a: "first novel about a demonic, elusive computer bug and the havoc it wreaks." It is more accurately described as a gripping tale of testing and debugging.
I first heard of it last Sunday when the New York Times gave it a strong, unusually good review. Early indications are that it may become a cult classic.
I just picked up a copy but have not cracked the covers as yet. (Fittingly, IMO, I picked up my copy in the just-opened Borders bookstore off Wall Street, the replacement for the one destroyed on 9/11. We are trying to give the new bookstore our business to help it succeed.)
Jean asked about this book earlier. I haven't read it but a developer I work with and respect recommended it. Keep meaning to pick it up at the library (he offered to lend me his copy but I don't just read a book, I envelop the thing and it shows afterwards!).
So Ross, have you read it yet?
I found it in the bookstore, but I didn't want to pay...was it $30 for it unless I know it's worth while.
I assume it's fiction, correct?
Is it any good? (P.S. Yes, I'm reading the SWEBOK testing chapter first)
Jean, I have not started reading it yet. I have browsed through "The Bug" book and it does look like a good read, and the reviews have been very good to excellent.
While I am recommending books, another one in my waiting-to-be-read pile is "Prime Obsession" by John Derbyshire (John Henry Press, 2003). My copy is a gift from an old friend who said he could not put it down. This book is not for the math-phobic (my friend has a PhD in EE from MIT), and is about the mathematician Bernhard Riemann and what the author calls the greatest unsolved problem in mathematics. You do not have to be a math geek to enjoy it, though -- my own advanced math skills are somewhat rusty.