"Ullman relishes tech's beauty while also fearing what it has created."
―Jessica Bennett, Elle
“Ullman is that rare member of the coding tribe: a translator who deeply understands the world we live in and the worlds we build with software . . . Her insights are finely wrought, philosophical, and lasting.”
—Anna Weiner,The New Republic
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When Ellen Ullman moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s to work as a computer programmer, she was joining a small, idealistic, and almost exclusively male cadre that aspired to genuinely change the world.
Twenty years later, the story Ullman recounts is complex; it is neither triumphant nor a denial of progress. It is the story of digital technology’s loss of innocence as it entered the cultural mainstream, a deeply personal reckoning with what has changed and what hasn’t.
Life in Code is an essential text toward our understanding of the last twenty years―and the next twenty.