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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

Programming is not Typing

Jeffrey Ventrella

[P]rogramming is actually the act of bringing thought, design, language, logic, and mental construction into a form that can be stored in computer memory.

Posted on December 1st, 2014 | Work

What You’re Paid For

Google CEO Eric Schmidt:

Knowledge workers believe they are paid to be effective, not to work 9 to 5.

Posted on January 17th, 2010 | Work

Meetings: The practical alternative to work.

Tempted to post this on my office door:

Meetings: The practical alternative to work.

(via 37signals)

Posted on December 9th, 2009 | Life in General, Work

If it bursts into flames

Jim Coudal:

If it’s a good idea and it gets you excited, try it, and if it bursts into flames, that’s going to be exciting too. People always ask, “What is your greatest failure?” I always have the same answer – We’re working on it right now, it’s gonna be awesome!

Posted on August 5th, 2009 | Failure, Work