[clug] Software Engineering

Sam Couter sam at couter.id.au
Fri Sep 1 22:32:05 GMT 2006

Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at svana.org> wrote:
> If you want to write
> programs for the space shuttle, you're going to need to be able
> understand technical diagrams and the formulae that go with it.

For the specific example of the space shuttle, not true. Their software
development practises are very rigid and the guys who write the software
just turn very precise and complete specifications into code. The guys
who write the specifications probably need to understand the electronic
engineering, but the code monkeys could very nearly be automated.

Or so I've been led to believe by the software engineering articles I've
read about them.

In any case, it's possible to do an electronics major or minor stream
while studying a BIT degree. I studied the first and second year
electronics engineering subjects as my minor stream and skipped the
calculus. I still don't get to call myself an engineer, but had I wished
I could have gone into a more hardware oriented career with no trouble.
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