Monday, June 15, 2009

The Science of Computing and the Engineering of Software

In his keynote at QCon London 2009, Tony Hoare attempts to characterise science and engineering as two ends of a continuum that describes the roles of software people (industry and academia) and their relationships with one another.

The comments about engineers general dislike of mathematics are consistent with my observations. As someone who is currently studying maths, I wonder how much of that is due to the way it is taught at University?

His humble and pleasant responses to the questions at the end is wonderful. I observe a genuine search for truth and clarity with disciplined thought, that is often lacking in much software discussion.

Video and slides here.

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