Michael Swaine

Michael Swaine

Michael Swaine has been a technology writer and editor since before the birth of the personal computer. He chronicled that birth in Fire in the Valley, the seminal history of the personal computer, which was selected by Business 2.0 magazine as one of the 100 best business books of all time and is the basis for the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, which was nominated for five Emmys. He lived close to the flame as one of the founding editors of InfoWorld magazine in the early 1980s, where he daily talked with the programmers and engineers who were inventing the world we live in today. Many followers of technology know Mike from his long association with the much-loved programmer’s magazine Dr. Dobb’s Journal, where he served as editor-in-chief, associate publisher, and editor-at-large and authored the decades-spanning columns Programming Paradigms and Swaine’s Flames. While serving as editor-at-large he also found time to write for or edit numerous publications in the United States, Germany, and Italy, including the San Francisco Examiner, Upside, Farmer’s Almanac, MacUser, UnixReview, Business Software, Southern Exposure (an Oregon lifestyle magazine he co-created), and the Whole Earth Catalog, as well as writing and serving as a model for a comic strip and co-owning a gourmet restaurant, organic farm, and artisan bakery. Today Mike is the editor of PragPub, a monthly magazine for programmers that he created in 2009, and continues to write and edit books on technology. Also he creates puzzles.
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