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“Inside-Out”: IEEE presentation in Longmont (09/02/08)

August 26, 2008 1 Comment
“Inside-Out”: IEEE presentation in Longmont (09/02/08)

On September 2nd, I’ll be speaking at a meeting of the Denver IEEE Reliability Society. It will be held at 5:30 pm in the Seagate Building in Longmont (CO), on Nelson Road between 75th Rd and Airport Rd. Here’s my abstract of the talk: INSIDE-OUT: Organizations too often treat software reliability as an ‘after the […]

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Remembering Ashton’s Law

July 10, 2008 2 Comments
Remembering Ashton’s Law

The very first class I took when starting my computer science degree from Brigham Young University was CS 131. I forget the course title, but the teacher was Dr. Alan Ashton, a quiet, self-effacing but brilliant professor who would later become very, very rich by developing — along with Bruce Bastian (with whom I shared […]

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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 […]

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“Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering”: an update

May 29, 2008 0 Comments
“Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering”: an update

One of the books I’m currently writing is Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering, a greatly expanded and updated version of a book I published back in the 1990s. I’ve been posted new and revised pitfalls over at my Bruce F. Webster & Associates (bfwa.com) website. To make the pitfalls a bit easier to browse, I’ve […]

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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 […]

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