Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Computer Boys Take OverComputers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 16 September 2019

Conclusions: Visible Technicians

Conclusions: Visible Technicians

Chapter:
(p.223) 9 Conclusions: Visible Technicians
Source:
The Computer Boys Take Over
Author(s):

Nathan Ensmenger

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.003.0009

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

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.