[CSS_ACM_General_List] Philosophical question about software engineering: are we failingto manage complexity?

Andrew Kwan acreoaeneas at gmail.com
Thu May 6 00:31:18 CDT 2010


Can you explain why you say "no", Cresten?

On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:29 PM, Cresten St.Clair <crestenn at gmail.com>wrote:

> My answer: No.
>
>
> On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:16 PM, Andrew Kwan <acreoaeneas at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> (Sorry forgot to reply to all...)
>>
>> The answer itself I think is not as simple as just managing complexity.  I
>> think in general, we as developers need to come up with better tools to
>> match the growing list of things we are asked to make.  A simple request
>> should have a simple solution, but instead we find the solution is more
>> involved and we force ourselves to think as a machine (low-level) instead of
>> more at a conceptual level.  I'm sure with time our current progress at
>> developing more high-level tools will get better to where we won't get the
>> impression that we aren't catching up to user demand (might even be we'll
>> exceed user demand and come to expect/predict what that demand might be).
>>
>> I'm seeing the trends in some of DePaul's class offerings like learning a
>> functional programming language (Scala), focus on better algorithms (JAVA
>> Algorithms/Computer Systems), and so forth.
>>
>>
>> On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 3:49 PM, Sean Neilan <sean at seanneilan.com> wrote:
>>
>>> In general, software engineers are supposed to manage complexity. Yet,
>>> every year it seems the complexity of computing in general grows. Are
>>> we failing to manage complexity? Are the needs of users just becoming
>>> more complex?
>>>
>>> What do you think my fellow technocrats?
>>>
>>> -Sean
>>> sean at seanneilan.com
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