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Tony Markatos responds:
Does technology exist? I have over a decade of experience in the software
industry. I have lead systems analysis efforts (including large scale
integration projects), and have done QA and TW. I still don't have the
slightest idea what technology is.
The way I see it, everything is procedure. There is automated procedure and
there is manual procedure. Every part (except for stored data) of the most
complex software product ever developed can be described as procedure.
Likewise, every electronic circuit ever designed is really just automated
procedure. I have read (Ed Yourdon) that all mechanical devices, including
automobiles and machines, are just mechanized procedure.
I myself, when I don't understand the procedural nature of a product, do an
intellectual "punt" and call it technology.