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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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    • by btilly (5037) on 2007.07.02 15:34 (#55902) Journal
      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 there is a surprising amount to be said for it. At least in some problem fields.