What Every College Computer Science Freshman Should Know

In a few weeks new college freshmen will begin their classes. Some of them will choose to pursue a degree in Computer Science. Over the course of the four years in college they will be surrounded by like minded people who are at least as smart as they are and are just as interested in computers. When they enter the job market they will compete … Continue reading What Every College Computer Science Freshman Should Know

The Perils of Division of Labor in Software Engineering

One of the key tenets of modern capitalism is division of labor. But is it a good thing for software development ? Prior to the late 19th century a violin was produced from raw materials to completion by a single person, who himself may have been an expert violinist. He may have had members of his family work for him. Everyone involved in the process … Continue reading The Perils of Division of Labor in Software Engineering

Exploration of the Software Engineering as a Profession

In 1992 Ed Yourdon wrote Decline and Fall of the American Programmer followed by Rise and Resurrection of the American Programmer just four years later. The first book spelled doom and gloom for the American Programmers who were going to get replaced by cheaper counterparts in India, Russia, Philippines, etc. The second book revisited some of the predictions based on the changes that the software … Continue reading Exploration of the Software Engineering as a Profession