Re: Knowing prog. lang. +s to a TW's $?

Subject: Re: Knowing prog. lang. +s to a TW's $?
From: Sabahat Ashraf <sabahat_ashraf -at- MENTORG -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 15:19:07 EST

On Jan 9, 1:41pm, Mitch Berg wrote:

> * Frankly, it gives you career options.

An interesting counterpoint to this is that when I was starting out as an
avowed Technical Writer in an environment where such a thing was virtually
unheard of -- and because I had an engineering degree to start with -- I had to
refuse to do, learn, or even admit knowledge of anything to do with programming
for precisely the reason that some of the programming hackwork would have been
fobbed off on me if I had. "I refuse to program" was almost a motto, if not a
mission statement.

However, all this has to be understood in the context of my fighting to
establish the boundaries and benefits [is that the word I am looking for?] of
my job/chosen profession. [Even or especially with my mother.]

> I'd suggest this as well - knowing software engineering methodologies is
> nothing to sneeze at. Actually understanding, for example, how Object
> Oriented Analysis works has made my job much more interesting (and
> lucrative).

This I will not disagree with. In fact, I tried [unsuccessfully] to take a
couple of courses that would teach me Systems Theory without in a way that keep
the system-level picture in mind and not get lost either in theoretical
mathematics or programming. Such a course did not exist at RPI. Though someone
did mention a textbook that might do that. Still looking ...

And what would you recommend for learning the principles of OO Analysis.


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