Re: Programming Tools -- How Prevalent Are They? (#907647)

Subject: Re: Programming Tools -- How Prevalent Are They? (#907647)
From: "Colleen Dancer (02) 333-1862" <DANCER -dot- COLLEEN -at- A2 -dot- ABC -dot- NET -dot- AU>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 1996 10:43:24 +1000

Enough of the"lets bash Computer Science/Engineers". I did a Computer
Science degree and guess what I'm proud of it. I'm proud of the fact that
I can cut code although I usually choose not to. In fact my com sci
training improves my ability to do the job. It was great for teaching me
to think in a structured way. It means I speak programmerese and the
programmers know I know what I'm talking about. This also has the
advantage that they can't tell me something can't be done when I know it
can <grin>.

Because of my com sci background I can program complex macros in Word
which make my life much easier. I can use the applications the
programmers use to make minor changes myself. (Eg alignment, microhelp)
Writing is a small part of my job, the majority is task and audience
analysis, planning, design, testing etc. Many of these tasks a com sci
degree can help not hinder. I believe it is shortsighted to assume that
a computer science student or an engineer are inappropriate tech whirlers
especially when the boundaries are blurring and we are expected to use
more and more technical tools. What distinguishes a good techwhirler is
their focus - can they switch on a user focus? THere is no degree that
automatically mean someone will have the right focus and aptitude.

<off soapbox>

Colleen Dancer
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