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Issue 057: Dress Code

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Issue 057: Dress Code

Welcome to the fifty-seventh issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, about Dress Code. In this edition, we investigate the history and role of fashion in the software industry; in the Library section, we review "Peopleware" by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister; and in our Vidéothèque section, we learn what Mayuko Inoue wears every day to work.

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The French have a very intimate relationship with clothing. This should not be a surprise, given the sheer size and impact of their renowned fashion industry, arguably one of the biggest contributors to France's GDP.

Mayuko Inoue

The archetype of software engineering dress code is quite parochial: a t-shirt (usually featuring a conference or programming language logo, or a geek joke), a pair of jeans, snickers, and a sweatshirt, in case the weather gets more San Francisco-like than you might expect. And that is it. Let us admit it: the "about us" page of software companies often looks like advertising for The Gap, American Apparel, or sometimes even, sadly, Abercrombie & Fitch, minus the abs, of course.

Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister

One of the saddest realizations of my career in the software industry has been discovering that no "Human Resources" manager I have worked with had heard about "Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams" by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister. Not a single one. I'm not even talking about having read it, but at least knowing of its existence. None. Nothing. Nada.

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