RE: What is Software Engineer? [professional ladder]
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' From: Oleg Goldshmidt [mailto:pub@...]
' Sent: Thursday, November 28, 2002 4:56 PM
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' Subject: Re: What is Software Engineer? (RE: [hackers-il] Re: packers
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' Omer Musaev <omerm@...> writes:
' > 2. What is a difference between a programmer and a software
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' The computing professions have become so common and so easy to enter
' over recent years, and in such explosive a fashion, that any sort of
' professional guild that would maintain professional quality standards
' did not appear - yet.
' I think that this is a crucial point - the existence of a professional
' guild that would strictly enforce professional standards, conduct, and
' ethics, effectively resisting pressure from, say, software vendors.
' I would venture an opinion that no one but software professionals
' themselves can create such a guild. It is not clear to me how
' evaluation of software engineers should be handled. Something tells me
' that somehow open source would be essential (any serious evaluation
' should be based on the "show me the code" principle).
' I wonder if there is any interest in trying to work out the beginnings
' of such principles. I can get in touch with the Israeli chapters of
' IEEE and IEE, for instance, and ask for pointers to how to start. But
' it must be a "guild" effort, not an individual's initiative.
I would like to point to the book (available online as set of articles)
named "After the Gold Rush" (http://www.stevemcconnell.com/gr2.htm) by
Steve McConnell (famous for his "Code Complete" seminal work.)
Mr. McConnell does a lot of work contributing to development of
"software engineer - the profession." One of his contribution to the
non-existent community of software engineers is "the Ladder" -
a reference for possible partition of software professionals into
different professional levels. There is some evidence of "Ladder"
used in industry; the professional guild that Oleg mentions should,
naturally, use similar ladder internally.
' Oleg Goldshmidt | pub@...
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