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Archive for March, 2015

Ideas to Artifacts

From Eugene Ferguson’s Engineering and the Mind’s Eye:

The conversion of an idea to an artifact, which engages both the designer and the maker, is a complex and subtle process that will always be far closer to art than to science.

Quoted by Glenn Vanderburg in his great talk on why software development is an engineering discipline.

Posted on March 24th, 2015 | Software, Work


Landon Noss:

Unless you’ve written a buggy program, you don’t realize that you’re addressing our intellect. This is why I think that every engineer on the planet looks at a bug report and feels a twinge of pain as they read whatever detail that was left to serve as a figurative shame sticker on the report card of their creation. It really sucks when you’re just flat out wrong.

Being wrong — rather, being incorrect — is an extremely humbling experience. The catastrophically incorrect, which is when software crashes, money is lost, or the absolute worst, data is stolen, is the kind of thing that makes you question your career choice. It makes you want to curl up into a ball and weep at how completely stupid you were when you’ve found the problem

Posted on March 24th, 2015 | Work