Re: Engineering versus Science, Anecdote versus Evidence ... [
On 30/12/2011 01:41, David Lee wrote: > IMHO the art of software is often invisible to nearly everyone but the creator. Indeed. Like the fine carvings in inaccessible places in a cathedral, invisible to everyone but the creator and the Creator. I take great delight in the internal poetry of code: making the source look good on the screen, eloquence in the choice of names, choosing the elegant design over the banal and obvious one. A joy of working for myself is that I don't have to try and rationalize why I do this; a joy of writing open source is that the enjoyment can be shared by others. This is definitely art rather than engineering, but I like to think that the pride in craftsmanship has beneficial side effects on the engineering metrics of the final artefact. But all this is an indulgence; it doesn't pay the wages. It's what a good craftsman does, but not what he is paid to do. The day job is engineering. There is also art, of course, in what is exposed to users: the external visual design. But that's a different question, and one where I have very little competence. Michael Kay Saxonica
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