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NewsSorry, Mac owners, a new report says Windows PCs are safer from malware Pin
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NewsWhy are we so bad at software engineering? Pin
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As a counterpoint (and partly to something I posted a while back regarding how other engineering disciplines, like architecture, don't use Agile methodologies):

The problem of software is complex. Yes, people write just bad code. But a lot of times, even good code fails, and the problem here is properly handling the failure, which is another aspect of the discipline of writing code.

But more specifically is the problem that by the very nature of software, things not in the control of the developer "break." Connectivity and bad data (user input, a third party data source, etc) come to mind.

For example, when someone builds a house, it has to meet various codes. We expect the house to "function" in expected ways. If we want the house to "function" differently (add a porch, a second bathroom, a garage, etc.) we have to go through a process involving permits, inspections, contractors, etc., much of which is based on known and vetted practices for how to do something that has been done hundreds, thousands of times before. And while the physical appearance might be different in each instance, the "behavior" of the garage, the porch, etc, are well known and have to follow certain regulations. For example, I was surprised to learn that my porch doesn't need a railing, but if it were 6 inches higher off the ground, it would have.

With software, especially software that is intended to be general purpose (a database, a CMS, etc) we really don't know how the user will use it. Will they want to park their car in the living room? Will they invite their friends over for a BBQ in the bedroom?

The point being, we, as a society, have very little experience with "engineering" something where generalization is the intention -- watch a movie, play Warcraft, live stream chat with a friend, oh, and do some work - write documents, program an Excel spreadsheet, create a presentation, send emails, etc...

It's all new territory!

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NewsPython programming language: Now you can take NSA's free course for beginners Pin
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NewsGMSA cancels Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus concerns Pin
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NewsApple joins FIDO Alliance, commits to getting rid of passwords Pin
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NewsScientists discover repeated 'mysterious signals' in outer space and they don't know where they're coming from Pin
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