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Re: Software engineering: a useless profession?

by bwelch (Curate)
on Nov 05, 2004 at 17:14 UTC ( #405557=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Software engineering: a useless profession?

I view software engineering as a class of general engineering in the renaissance sense. It allows a person to develop and tune skills in many areas from solving puzzles to designing about anything. If one can understand the workings of software, other systems aren't that difficult. Engines, electrical systems, plumbing, heating, and cooling can all be broken down into subsystems that may be considered independently and 'debugged' appropriately. This can lead a person to do their own automotive repairs, upgrade the circuit breaker box in their home, or design a new playground in the back yard.

The hard part of all this involves time. While fixing and 'improving' these systems might be fun to some engineers, family and other parts of life all compete for that same time. The trick is to find the projects that are worth the time and the results please yourself and the family.

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[1nickt]: ugh, I stuck my head in the bass bin for 30 seconds on a dare at Ted Nugent at Hammersmith Odeon. Yes, I am 40% deaf now.
[johngg]: My daughter is incredibly jealous of my wife who got to see The Clash at Brixton many years ago. They went to see The Vaccines there recently.
[1nickt]: But the bands are even louder! I saw Spearhead (Michael Franti) at an outdoor show and had to walk a mile away to not feel pain in my chest! Babies were crying ... I asked the sound engineer why it was necessary to have the bass so loud and he laughed...
[Discipulus]: but the best i attended live was Mano Negra Patchanka at Forte Prenestino .. in 1990
[Corion]: Hmmm - Mano Negra or at least Manu Chao seem to put on a good live show. At least the one live CD I have from Manu Chao sounds good ;)
Discipulus feels the same jealousity of the johngg's daughter
[1nickt]: choroba I agree
[choroba]: Playing in a punk rock band for 20 years... my hearing is quite bad

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