Lacking Natural Simplicity

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Software Engineering; Recent Listening

Software Engineering is not (yet) Engineering

SWEBOK, the IEEE Computer Society's Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge, is available as a public draft for trial. It is written to be the basis for licensing software engineering professionals.

I do not think that "Software Engineering" is mature enough that it is an actual engineering discipline, and I do not think that "Software Engineers" should be licensed, although I would not be upset if governments refuse to allow computer programmers to be called "Software Engineers" because they aren't licensed engineers.

The ACM does not promote licensing of software engineers.

Cem Kaner's thoughts on SWEBOK are interesting.

Recent Listening

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