[prog] State of software engineering profession

Jenn Vesperman jenn at anthill.echidna.id.au
Sun Apr 13 19:48:33 EST 2003

On Sun, 2003-04-13 at 17:18, Jimen Ching wrote:

> Cars aren't designed on an assembly line.  I don't see why the design
> process of software needs to be different from the design of everything
> else.  A software application is a system, just like products in every
> other industry.  And there are a few 'visionaries' that design software
> like everything else.  It's just that our industry doesn't do it that way.

Forgive me, but I don't understand your premise. Once a car's rough
design is made, a prototype is manufactured and tested. But the
prototype cannot be burned to disk and have millions produced, and a
prototype is never manufactured in assembly-line fashion.

Once a software design is made, a prototype is manufactured and tested. 
Once the prototype is acceptable, a copy is burned to disk - in fact, a
million copies are burned to disk. 

When, in software, can the assembly line be used? Software IS design,
down to finer and finer grain detail until finished.

Jenn V.
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