[lug] software engineering
ehlert_b at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 14 01:29:48 MST 2006
--- Nate Duehr <nate at natetech.com> wrote:
> Zan Lynx wrote:
> > On Sun, 2006-11-12 at 23:44 -0700, Nate Duehr
> >> I was typing up a long reply to all the
> points, because I find many of
> >> these things a lot of fun to talk about --
> not being much of a software
> >> developer but having worked on the receiving
> end (technical support) of
> >> both good and bad software for most of my
> adult life, I (think) I have a
> >> unique perspective, as do you.
> >> I have contended for years that so-called
> Software Engineers don't play
> >> by the same rules that Civil, Chemical,
> Structural, Electrical, and
> >> other Engineers live by -- the industry just
> barely makes a half-hearted
> >> effort at it. What I mean is, the
> creativity and drive are there of
> >> other Engineers, but the discipline isn't.
> >> It shows in the fact that open-source
> software blows away the
> >> functionality and features of most
> "Engineered" code from most businesses.
> > Civil engineers design and add a *hefty*
> safety margin. And they miss
> > things, like resonance frequencies on
> bridges, and some of the mistakes
> > made in "quake-proof" buildings in
> California. And the New Orleans
> > flood control systems.
> Nit-pick: New Orleans wasn't a mistake, the
> Army Corp of Engineers built
> the levy system for a smaller storm size and
> surge, and clearly
> indicated that to those paying for the job, the
> U.S. Congress.
** hmmmm, funny, i would have sworn that
those footing the bills are the
U.S. CORPS OF TAXPAYERS
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