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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I'm not sure why it matters for anything other than countries who have laws pertaining to being called an engineer. Some things from engineering seem applicable, some don't. Either that's because software construction is a form of engineering with distinct qualities, or because it's not engineering but shares some traits. Why does it matter which is the case?
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    • This is one reason I get creeped out whenever I see government try to define anything. Like when government gives special privileges to journalists, for example: who is and is not a journalist?

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Does the feeling extend to doctors? Is it a bad idea that they need to be licensed?

        • Yes. It's actively harmful to certain forms of alternative medicine.

          The free populace is infinitely more capable of determining who is and is not a safe medical practitioner than the government is. And let me note that the market can and does also establish its own certification programs. Three to five such programs for various fields of medicine would probably emerge, but the important thing is that the potential would be there for new ones to be established.

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          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • It matters very much if you like making the case that there should be an actual licensed branch of engineering covering software development, and people who have achieved that license should have appropriate influence. For example a bid to develop software for a government contract should be signed off by an engineer who will be held accountable for the outcome. (This is how it is with other kinds of engineering contracts.)

      This exact argument is one that Steve McConnell has made [stevemcconnell.com] fairly forcefully. And th