Linked by Yamin on Wed 9th Sep 2009 16:17 UTC
General Development I've been developing software for quite a few years. One of the issues that seems to come up again and again in my work is this concept of design and implementation. I recall it being a significant part of my education at the University of Waterloo's Computer Engineering program as well. The message was always the same. Never write code first. First you must design software by writing a design document, flow charts, pseudo-code, timing charts... then it's merely a trivial matter of implementing it. Make note of the attitude here given towards implementing. The real work is in the design, and it's just a trivial matter of implementing it. It sounds so simple doesn't it? Now, how often does this work out in real life?
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RE[2]: Comment by Dr.Mabuse
by Dr.Mabuse on Thu 10th Sep 2009 03:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Dr.Mabuse"
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of course you're not ;)

That's a big part of the motivation for me writing the article. I despise that attitude and it just seems to be getting more and more prevalent; especially as those who are writing the high-level design are disconnected from the people actually writing most of the code.

We had one major vendor sell us a tool set with the promise that most of the work we'd be doing in the future would be with modelling tools.

The implication being that the rest of the coding is just "filling in the gaps."

I've also found a lot recent graduates have much the same attitude - they want to become "architects" not programmers.

So I can certainly understand your thoughts on the issue!

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