Archive for July, 2015

Resume Preparation: A Gigantic “Plumbing” Project

July 28, 2015

We all understand a Plumbing Project. This where a supposedly
simple task become a massive, complex effort.

One of the common “Plumbing Projects” in today’s environment
is the preparation of a resume.

Each resume must be customized to the target audience. This
effort usually takes several hours to complete.

Resumes are always needed: Job searches, contracts, professional
network, and volunteering activities.

The resume effort is made more complex due to the need to paste
it into a web-site window, discovered usually at the last moment.

I have been using my Programmable Software Development Environment
to maintain its manual. Its use has greatly simplified this task.

WHATIFWE used the Programmable Software Development Environment
to develop resumes? Would it help? Yes it does!

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Can Programming Be Strictly Portable Relative To Language?

July 27, 2015

The activity associated with development of strictly portable methods
of software development will be presented here. Included in this
Portability effort will be Windows based C, C++, C#, and Visual Basic;
and Linux based C and C++.

MONDAY: 2015/07/27

STATUS: This project has been restarted by preparing a common program
output library.

DETAIL: This common output library will be capable of 1) making a
comment line, indenting a program line, and making lines of any length.

RESULTS: The Certification process has been prepared and the Setup has
been started,

NEXT TASK: The Indentation Variable has been defined. Incrementing and
Decrementing a specific Indentation is next

Life of A Programmer — Session 7.5 — How Do I Become a Quality Assurance Software Engineer

July 26, 2015

RULE 4 — NEVER USE A PATCH TO SOLVE A PROBLEM.

Never patch the program!!!.

A patch is usually a last minute change which is not clearly
thought out.

The product delivery is usually close at hand.

Management is saying “All you have to do is …” (The most
dangerous phrase in the English Language).

The patch will probably violate RULE 1 (The strict use
of standard methods).

None-the-less, avoid the short-cut and you will more likely
find the solution to the problem.

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How Do I Make My Blog

July 26, 2015

There have been quite a few requests for advice on
“how to build a blog”. As you can see from my blog, I have
prepared a lot of posts. Therefore, I have learned how
to do it efficiently.

There are some simple rules for making your blog easy
to prepare.

1. Have a well-defined purpose for your blog. For myself,
my blog was a means of publicly documenting my research and
development efforts.

2. Use a standard format. Then you can build a template
which will greatly facilitate its preparation. I use
my development software to write the blog.

3. Don’t get carried away with an artistic design. I use
the free WordPress. I do not use any pictures; all I
have to do is paste in the text. Above all, I did not
have to develop the blog web-site.

Above all, recognize that every post you publish will be
in the public domain forever. I have been very careful
to put just enough information to identify and date my
efforts but not to give away any proprietary data.

Hope that this helps.

Robert Adams

Life of A Programmer — Session 7.4 — How Do I Become a Quality Assurance Software Engineer

July 24, 2015

RULE 3 — USE OLD, WELL-TESTED, OPERATING SYSTEM CAPABILITIES.

Relative to the operating system, use the old, well established
capabilities and minimize your interface.

Think of it in a similar manner as purchasing a new car.
If you purchase a radically new model, you will become an
unwilling member of the test team.

Similarly do not use a pipe if a file will do as well. Files
were developed long before the pipes.

An above all, do not use its multitasking capabilities unless
absolutely necessary. This capability can expose you to many
challenging problems.

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My Comment Approval Criteria

July 24, 2015

Every day I receive between 50 and 100 comments requesting approval. There is only one of me managing the blog and hence must perform this function quickly and efficiently. To this end, each comment must:

1. Have a text message. For the most part, a comment with no text message will be deleted.

2. Be written in English using real words. I am not familiar with text message abbreviations.

3. Adhere to the basic principles of civilized behavior (I have had not problems with this so far).

4. Be consistent to the associated post and the purpose of the blog.

5. Be short. If it is over ten lines, I will delete it.

6. Not advertise any product, service or cause. I have been receiving a lot of promotions of solar panels for generating electric power which I have permanently deleted.

Thank You

Robert Adams

Life of A Programmer — Session 7.3 — How Do I Become a Quality Assurance Software Engineer

July 24, 2015

RULE 2 — TEST ALL WORK PRODUCTS.

I was able to “look over NSA’s shoulder” when they were developing
SELINUX (Secure Linux Operating System”.

Their activity can be best described as “programming as usual”.

I asked them about their test plans. They said that they were not
going to test the system. It would be Common Criteria tested when
delivered.

This is not an adequate test plan. Testing all of the work-products
is the only way to thoroughly test the product.

Back in my hardware engineering days, we made test plans which
thoroughly tested each circuit board. Divide and conquer!

SELINUX will fall short of its intended goal. The bad-guys will
find the weak points.

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The Most Important People In Our Society.

July 24, 2015

Who are the most important people in civilized society?

Are wealthy individuals the most important people in our
society? No, they are not.

Are celebrities the most important people in our society?
No, they are not.

Do religious organizations contain the most important
people in our society? No, they do not.

Are government officials the most important people in our
society? No, they are not.

The artisans and highly skilled professionals are the most
important people in any civilized society.

Nothing of any value gets done without the participation
of these highly skilled professional.

WHATIFWE increased the number of highly skilled home-based
pioneering professional software engineers?

Life of A Programmer — Session 7.2 — How Do I Become a Quality Assurance Software Engineer

July 20, 2015

RULE 1 — RIGOROUSLY USE STANDARD METHODS.

Prepare a minimum set of standard methods that you will use on all your programming effort. Keep them “simple, stupid”.

In the hardware world, the Quality Assurance Manager working with management purchase the set of Integrated Circuits needed to get the job done.

These standard methods are your “Integrated Circuits”.

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My Invitation To You

July 20, 2015

I became a software engineer in 1966 due to an experiment
that I had performed. I have never taken a course in
Software Engineering. Over the years, I have continued
to experiment on my own time and have greatly benefited
from this activity

In 1992, I became a home based software development business.
I developed a set of tools to aid me in my business activities.
These tools evolved over time and are now capable of helping
a software engineer to become a better, more competitive programmer.

I invite you to take a similar path. My tools can be downloaded
free-of-charge from my web-site, http://www.whatifwe.com and they are
well documented.