BETA VERSION PHILOSOPHY

January 26, 2010

The Programmable Software Development Environment is a beta version.   This means it is a work in progress driven by an extensive personal research and development effort focused on the development of portable error-free software using enforceable standard methods and processes.

The program is continually tested by using it on real problems.   Errors will be discovered from time to time.  Most of these errors will occur in the error-handling sub-systems which do not get exercised at the same rate as the functional sub-systems.  These errors will be reported in this blog and corrected in a timely manner with a set of new download files. The corrected version of the program will not be considered a new version of the program.

New capabilities will be added from time to time as needed.  New capabilities will result in revisions to the web-site and a new set of download files which will be considered a new version of the program.

If the user needs to access previous downloads, a more complete collection can be found on CodePlex under the Project Title “Programmable Development Software Environment”.

PURPOSE OF TOOLS CATEGORY

December 7, 2009

Although all of the tools available on the web-site, http://www.whatifwe.com, are well documented, their use is not always obvious.   This category has been provided to assist the user in the use of these tools and to report any problems.

PURPOSED OF IRAD CATEGORY

December 7, 2009

Summary statements relative to the Independent Research and Development programs can be found in this category.  Software Engineers are invited to contribute their personal IRAD summary statements in this category.

Life of A Programmer — Session 6.1 — What should a Quality Assurance Software Engineer Know.

April 24, 2014

Being a Software Development Engineer also makes
you a Quality Assurance Manager.

You have had no training in Quality Assurance.

You do not like it when management brings up the subject.

None the less, you are a Quality Assurance Manager.

Maybe I can help you to benefit from this unwanted
job description.

The first thing that you need to know is that there
are two sources of software errors.

SOFTWARE ERROR SOURCE 1: THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER.

SOFTWARE ERROR SOURCE 2: THE OPERATING SYSTEM.

NOTICE THAT I DID NOT MENTION THE USER.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE USER FROM HIS
OWN STUPIDITY.

MORE IN THE NEXT MESSAGE

My Internet Interface

April 24, 2014

Hopefully, this post will answer many of the questions that I have received about the Internet services that I am receiving.

First, please understand that I do not have a team. There is one of me and I am home based.

My Internet service is provided by Earthlink.

Recently I changed from DSL to a cable Internet communication process due to a major regional outage.

My blog is provided by the free WordPress site which may or may not add some advertising.

I also have a whatifwe Codeplex site and and a @whatifwe2048 Twitter site.

I designed my Website using Microsoft Front Page.

I have successfully accessed my web-site and blog on a LINUX, WINDOWS, and MAC machine.

Life of A Programmer — Session 5.3 — You are a Quality Assurance Manager

April 22, 2014

The Deming Cycle consists of the following four steps:
Plan, Do, Check the Results, and Analyze the Results.

A computer program is a very special Deming Plan to be
performed at the Client’s site on a computer.

There is a big different between Deming Plans done by
people and Deming Plans done by computers.

If people find a problem in the plan, they will stop the
activity and report the problem to management.

On the other hand, a computer will continue to execute
the plan, no matter how defective it is.

A software developer is a very special Q.A manager and
he does not even know it.

MORE IN THE NEXT MESSAGE

The Role of the Media

April 22, 2014

Both the incompetent and the competent benefit from
media attention.

The competent leader requires community participation.
The media helps him to obtain the participants.

The incompetent needs 15 minutes of fame. The media
helps him to satisfy his greedy goals.

Unfortunately the entertainment associated with the
incompetent attracts a lot of media attention.

The competent pioneer finds new solutions to current
problems.

WHATIFWE were to provide the media attention needed
to develop hope from the new ideas of the competent
pioneers?

Monte-Carlo Test Method

April 20, 2014

A Number of years ago, I had a contract to build a hardware
control sub-system software product.

This hardware control sub-system was designed to control
legacy hardware shipped back from the Middle East.

This legacy hardware appeared to have not been well-maintained;
it needed a lot of service.

I was afraid that I might break this hardware when I tested my
hardware control sub-system software product.

I developed a Monte-Carlo Simulator/Stimulator Test System to
validate my hardware control sub-system product.

The Monte-Carlo technology is based on a pseudo-random generator.
It was originally used in the development of nuclear weapons.

The random nature of my Monte-Carlo Test System enabled me to
rapidly and thoroughly test the hardware control sub-system, both
from a user and hardware point-of-view.

The use of a Monte-Carlo Simulator/Stimulator Test System
enabled me to deliver an error-free software product.

WHATIFWE used Monte-Carlo software test methods for all software.
Would we get better products?

Developing a Website using a software parts library

April 20, 2014

The activity associated with development of a software parts library
for the development of a web-site will be presented here. This will be
an extension of the library used to prepare Programmable Software
Development Environment manual.

This effort was started a long time ago following the development of
the manual software parts library. Its purpose was to eliminate the
need for Front Page. It was subsequently put on hold so that other
more important efforts could proceed.

Mr. Mike is a long time professional friend of mine who has recently
offered to reconstruct my Web-Site. I told him my plan to use my tool
to rebuild my site. He has had difficulties relating to my technology
(It is quite different than normal programming methods) and I am not
really skilled in Web-site design. We both felt that this might a great
opportunity to make the technical connection.

2014/04/20

STATUS: I have performed the experiments needed to define the software
parts defining the group sections These sections contain header,
contents, and text sections and are identified by unique id names.

MR_MIKE_CONTRIBUTION: These experiments were performed on Mr. Mike’s
web-site contributions.

DETAIL: Two types of group sections are required: A top-to-bottom
collection and a left-to-right collection. The top-to-bottom collection
could be header, text and footer. The left-to-right collection could
be links and text. These group sections can contain other group
sections.

MY NEXT TASK: My next task will be to prepare, integrate and test the
software parts associated the top-to-bottom and left-to-right group
sections.

Life of A Programmer — Session 5.2 — You are a Quality Assurance Manager

April 19, 2014

Q.A. is a management activity. It is taught in Business
Administration.

You have a college degree in Software Engineering, not
Business Administration.

In spite of all of this, you are still a Quality Assurance
Manager.

The Deming Cycle is the historical basis for all Quality
Assurance Programs.

It basically consists of the following four steps: Plan,
Do, Check the Results, and Analyze the Results.

A computer program is a very special Deming Plan to be
performed at the Client’s site on a computer.

MORE IN THE NEXT MESSAGE

The Experimental Process — Any One Can do It!

April 19, 2014

Many years ago, there was the HeathKit company.

It had for sale various electronics kits.

They sold amateur radio, television, instrumentation kits.

I bought my first personal computer from them. It was a Heathkit H89.

That computer was the beginning of my personal research effort.

This computer resulted in three overseas conference publications.

I have never taken any course in software engineering or electronics.

I have learned everything through an extensive experimental effort.

Would you believe it if I told you that every person knows how
to experiment.

No! Let me show you that it is true.

As soon as a baby gains enough strength to roll over and get his
tummy off of the floor, he crawls around and gets into things.

What does he do with them? He puts them in his mouth.

Did you ever think that a baby’s mouth is his best instrument at birth?

It has to be! Otherwise he won’t be able to eat.

You are not a little green guy from outer space.

You were once a baby. When you started to crawl, you put things
into your mouth.

Therefore, you basically know how to experiment.

I rest my case.

Life of A Programmer — Session 5.1 — You are a Quality Assurance Manager

April 18, 2014

You are a software engineer. You work for a great software
development company.

Would you believe it if I told you that you are a Quality
Assurance Manager.

You don’t believe it! I don’t blame you.

Q.A. is a management activity. It is taught in Business
Administration.

You have a college degree in Software Engineering, not
Business Administration.

MORE IN THE NEXT MESSAGE

Prague Conference in 1987

April 18, 2014

In 1987, I presented a scientific paper at a conference
in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

At that time, Prague was a city in the territory under
control of the Soviet Union.

I have always performed my research on my own time and money.

I attended the conference on my vacation.

Needless to say, the other attendees were quite curious
about my personal research efforts.

During this time, I had an interesting conversation with
a Polish attendee while walking along the river:

POLISH ATTENDEE: We are not special.

MY RESPONSE: Being special is defined by what you do
to be the very best in your field.

POLISH ATTENDEE: We have no resources.

MY RESPONSE: Do you have a personal computer at your home?

POLISH ATTENDEE: Yes.

MY RESPONSE: Probably a better one than I have. My is
a Heathkit H89.

POLISH ATTENDEE: The bosses will not like it.

MY RESPONSE: Usually, the bosses don’t kill the goose
that lays the golden egg right away.

At this point he understood and I was effectively
“walking on water”.

You ask: why am I sharing this little bit of history
with you.

History is a great teacher and today we need to learn
this lesson.


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