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Computational Artefacts and Software Requirements

What if the intention of a technical artefact is not at all physical, but solely logical? Continue reading

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Separation of Analysis & Design wrt. Abstraction

Summing up separation of concerns of analysis and design wrt. abstraction, inspired by: Turner (2018) Computational Artifacts. Continue reading

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A New Account of Abstraction?

Software engineering could benefit from a more rigorous grounding in epistemology, e.g., for the account of abstraction. So, let’s see what we can learn from: Raymond Turner (2018) Computational Artifacts Continue reading

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Technical Artefacts and Software Requirements

The epistemic concept of “Technical Artefact” may prove useful for studying requirements engineering. It brings together the notions of the world as physical objects with the world of intentionally acting agents. Continue reading

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Software for Managing Chaos

Workers in highly volatile contexts are best supported by software that implements generic communication or selfmanagement functionality. Like ACM systems do. Continue reading

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1 + x = 3 as a Query

Strongly reduced recap of basic software engineering concepts: Query, Result Set, Requirement. Continue reading

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What kind of Computer Science matters?

Just came across Why Computer Science Matters? by Vugranam Sreedhar. He observes a decline in real computer scientists in favour of ‘commodity programmers’. Basically, I have to (sad but true) agree here, and would like to take a closer look … Continue reading

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Modelling with Classes: Square and Rectangle revisited

Classic problem in class-modelling: how to express that a square is a special kind of rectangle? In order to deepen understanding, let us scrutinize the situation a bit closer here, using logical/ structural foundations of modelling: Continue reading

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Craftsman or Engineer?

A lot has been written on the differences between Craftsman and Engineer. Recently I came across a simple example by Hofstadter & Sander, that nicely shows the basic difference in thinking: Continue reading

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Abstraction makes the Engineer

From my own experience I may say, what separates the engineer from the craftsman is clearly the ability to abstract. Continue reading

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