Sunday, July 9, 2006

Computer Programming Isn't Engineering, Again

I stopped calling what I do for a living "software engineering" a while ago. I still use the formal title of Software Engineer from time to time because that is the term used by the people that hire people like me. But programming lies along the hazy boundary between art and math. Bruce Eckel weighs in with an eloquent piece that sums up the difficulties well. Until business types realize that the people are the thing that matters, computer programming tasks will continue to be mysterious and seemingly uncontrollable.

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