Archive for October, 2014

Life of A Programmer — Session 3.2 — But You Have a Challenging Software Engineering Job.

October 25, 2014

Let me present to you the long term history on employee / employer relations.

I joined the Lockheed California Company in 1961.

At this time, there was a strong loyalty between employers and employees.

Employees were expected to stay with their employer for their entire career.

Employers were expected to keep their employees for their entire careers.

Job Seekers with more than several employers on their resume were not favorably considered.

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WhatifWe127 Blog — Web Browser Inquiries

October 25, 2014

There have been many comments and inquiries relative to Web
Browser and Display format problems relative to my blog and
website. I appreciate your comments but I do not have sufficient
time to individually respond to them. I have prepared this
post that will hopefully provide some answers.

Relative to the blog, I use the free Word Press blog site.
The only thing that I prepare is the text. I don’t have any
videos. I do attach pdf files containing my articles. I must
assume that WordPress is up-to-date relative to the various
Web Browsers and Displays. I have absolutely no control over
the format.

Relative to my website, I designed it a number of years ago
using Microsoft Front Page which is now obsolete. I would
assume that it would not behave properly on some of the newer
Web Browsers and Displays. I am currently redesigning it
using the CSS technology. I am using this need as a means of
building standard Web Site development kits and I cannot
at this time predict when this will be completed.

Developing a Website using a software parts library — 2014-10-25

October 25, 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.

SATURDAY: 2014/10/25

STATUS: The development of the CSS font family library proceeded up to the process of integrating it with the existing CSS software parts library. A Programmable Software Development Environment system error was encountered associated with the Include file.

DETAIL: When I upgraded the Programmable Software Development Environment for the four versions (Experimental, Alpha, Beta, and Release versions}, I did not consider the Include file. I was not using these files at that time.

NEXT TASK: I plan to start upgrading the Programmable Software Development Environment to correct this problem and another error management problem recently discovered, This effort will be put on hold until this upgrade is completed.

Life of A Programmer — Session 3.1 — But You Have a Challenging Software Engineering Job.

October 24, 2014

You have a challenging job with a great software engineering company.

You have a software engineering degree from an excellent university.

Financially, you are upper-middle class.

You have a nice house in a upper-class neighborhood.

Your feel that your future is certain.

I beg to disagree. If you can accurately predict the future, you are in the wrong business.

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Monte-Carlo Test Method

October 24, 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?

Life of A Programmer — Session 2.2 — But You Have a BS Degree in Software Engineering

October 23, 2014

A College Education does not qualify you to be truly a “software engineer”?!

Your degree was granted to you when you successfully completed a set of classes.

Each class is basically a reward / punishment training process.

You satisfy the instructor, you get a good grade.

For all intents in purposes, you cannot become more skilled than the instructor.

To do so usually means that you are not using the techniques that he is teaching.

Disagreeing with the instructor usually does not result in good grades.

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The Experimental Process — Any One Can do It!

October 23, 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 2.1 — But You Have a BS Degree in Software Engineering

October 21, 2014

Are you a truly a software engineer or are you just “doing it”?

You have a BS degree in IT and graduated with a A- grade point average.

Your academic performance is very important to your career.

It helped you to get employment with a great company.

It prepared you to do some important software engineering tasks.

Unfortunately, It does not qualify you to be truly a “software engineer”.

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Prague Conference in 1987

October 21, 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.

Life of A Programmer — Session 1.3 — Are You A Software Engineer?

October 20, 2014

I used to know a software engineer who did not just “do it” at work.

He had significant personal accounting difficulties.

He occasionally would use hexadecimal numbers on the checks that he wrote.

Most assuredly, software engineering defined him as a person.

So I will again repeat my question. Are you a software engineer?

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