In the Beginning... Was the Command Line
14th August 2020

In the Beginning… Was the Command Line

By Stephen
Neal Stephenson. William Morrow Paperbacks. (151p) ISBN 9780380815937
In the Beginning... Was the Command Line

In the Beginning… Was the Command Line

It’s been quite a while since I read this and I remember it being a book that helped me navigate the social phenomenon of the Internet and how it has developed.

Mainly humorous, definitely tongue-in-cheek, this book still makes points that are worth exploring today even though it is almost 20 years old.

Developing the idea of the interface between people mediated by computers it was very prescient, and like all Neal Stephenson’s writing accessible.

Most of the actual technology that he talks about is out of date now though, but still worth a read for the philosophy behind his thoughts.

An updated version to see what Neal thinks now would be appreciated.

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