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The Computer Boys Take OverComputers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise$
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Nathan L. Ensmenger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262050937

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.001.0001

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Conclusions: Visible Technicians

Conclusions: Visible Technicians

(p.223) 9 Conclusions: Visible Technicians
The Computer Boys Take Over

Nathan Ensmenger

The MIT Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of the computer revolution and the emergence of computer programmers. It highlights the continued existence of a seemingly perpetual crisis in what is generally considered to be one of the most successful and profitable industries of all time and the persistence of the rhetoric of crisis in an industry characterized by rapid change and innovation. It also considers the concept of adaptive maintenance which captures neatly what has been referred to throughout recent history as the heterogeneous nature of software.

Keywords:   computer revolution, computer programmers, rhetoric of crisis, adaptive maintenance, software, change and innovation

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