Subscribe via RSS Feed

Main

Gender differences in coding styles?

June 9, 2008 2 Comments
Gender differences in coding styles?

In my earlier post on the “thermocline of truth“, I wrote: Second, IT engineers by nature tend to be optimists, as reflected in the common acronym SMOP: “simple matter of programming.” Even when an IT engineer doesn’t have a given subsystem completed, he tends to carry with him the notion that he whip everything into […]

Continue Reading »

New column for Ziff Davis: “Surviving Complexity”

June 5, 2008 0 Comments
New column for Ziff Davis: “Surviving Complexity”

As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m writing a book called Surviving Complexity. Many of my posts here at this website have adapted from materials I’m writing for that book. Well, now I’ve been hired by Ziff Davis Enterprises to write a weekly column on IT Management for the online version of Baseline. That column is […]

Continue Reading »

The Arc of Engineering

May 21, 2008 1 Comment
The Arc of Engineering

[Copyright 2008 by Bruce F. Webster. All rights reserved. Adapted from Surviving Complexity (forthcoming).] And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe, And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot; And thereby hangs a tale. — William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene vii. I have observed a pattern […]

Continue Reading »

The engineering shortage: Japan

May 17, 2008 1 Comment
The engineering shortage: Japan

Today’s New York Times reports that Japan is “running out of engineers“: After years of fretting over coming shortages, the country is actually facing a dwindling number of young people entering engineering and technology-related fields. Universities call it “rikei banare,” or “flight from science.” The decline is growing so drastic that industry has begun advertising […]

Continue Reading »

Honors I never expected

May 15, 2008 1 Comment
Honors I never expected

[UPDATE: I received a response from Martindale-Hubbell in the comment section to this post.] I received an interesting e-mail today, with the following paragraph: Please accept our formal congratulations on the high achievement represented by this Peer Review Rating. You, Bruce Webster, are one of a select group of attorneys to have achieved this level […]

Continue Reading »