Re: "Engineer"

Subject: Re: "Engineer"
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- CYBERPASS -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 10:43:23 -0700

>Calling programmers engineers is a slap in the face, IMHO. Call us
>developers or programmers, but don't call me Susan.

I don't know about the Susan part, but during most of the fifteen years I
spent as a programmer I shared that view of engineers -- an attitude that
carried over from my years as a mathematics student at RPI, a second-tier
engineering school in those days.

I still think of myself as a programmer at heart, but I no longer think
that programming is more about art and communication than it is about
engineering. Certainly not as it's practiced at the large software
companies today.

And I no longer think that technical communication is more about art and
communication than it is about engineering. It is an engineering
discipline
-- just like making microchips, computers, or software. ...RM

Richard Mateosian <srm -at- cyberpass -dot- net>
Review Editor, IEEE Micro Berkeley, CA

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