Archive for September, 2015

Life of A Programmer — Session 4.1 — How can you become more skilled than your fellow employees.

September 28, 2015

You were recently employed as a software developer in a major software engineering company.

You have a family that needs the financial resources that your job provides.

You need to reduce the risk of lay-off and increase the probability of a raise.

Your needs are more likely to be met if you adopt the following four principles.

PRINCIPLE 1: WRITE AND EXECUTE A PLAN

PRINCIPLE 2: KEEP A WRITTEN DAILY LOG

PRINCIPLE 3: MAKE SMALL SELF-DOCUMENTING SOURCE FILES.

PRINCIPLE 4: ACCEPT NO VERBAL ORDERS

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The Computer Wisdom of Bugs Bunny

September 28, 2015

Do you remember the Bug’s Bunny cartoon where he pops out of the ground
in the middle of the desert and says “I think that I should have turned
left at Albuquerque”?

Mistakes always happen; some because of stupidity, some because of greed;
some because the required knowledge was not available, and some because
we are just human beings.

We are currently experiencing a great many security problems due to
hackers.

The basic computer design that makes this possible has a common program
and data buss. Hackers can cause their program to be loaded on the target
machine via this common buss.

In the late 1970’s, there was a different computer design, the Harvard
Architecture with separate data and program busses. This architecture
cannot be hacked.

About 1985, the microprocessor became practical and the Harvard
Architecture became obsolete.

“Did we turn right at Albuquerque in error”? I believe so. Could
have avoided it? I think not. We could not have predict the future.

Should we re-vitalize the Harvard Architecture? I think the benefits
would greatly out-weigh the costs.

Life of A Programmer — Session 3.3 — But You Have a Challenging Software Engineering Job.

September 25, 2015

Around 1975, the employee / employer relations began to change.

Employer / Employee loyalty diminished with each passing year.

Job Seekers with many employers on their resumes were favourably considered.

Everyone effectively became a “temporary employee”.

Currently, you are upper-middle class. However, your future is not certain.

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Limitation to My Response to Your Comments

September 25, 2015

Every day I receive between 50 and 100 comments. Many of these comments request information or advise from me.

I appreciate the honour of your request for information.

Unfortunately, there is only one of me managing and writing the blog. Consequently, I simply do not have enough time to reply to each of your questions.

There are many comments that ask the same question. In these situations where I have the information, I will provide my knowledge in a post, time permitting.

I will respond to any comment made by a person who is experimenting with my software development tools.

Thank You

Robert Adams

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

September 24, 2015

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 favourably considered.

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The Deming Cycle — Everyone Should Know It.

September 24, 2015

The Deming Cycle, the historical basis for all Quality
Assurance Programs, helped Japan to recover after World
War II.

The Deming Cycle consists of four steps: Plan, Do, Check
the Results, and Alter the Plan if necessary.

The Deming Cycle is a good definition of common sense.
I have used it on many occasions without knowing it.

When applying the Deming Cycle, when do we learn new and
better ways of doing our task?

We learn during the fourth step of the Deming Cycle when
we Alter our Plan.

WHATIFWE were all taught the Deming Cycle as a part of
our public education?

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

September 22, 2015

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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My Problems With LinkedIn.

September 22, 2015

I need to alert everyone that I do not have a working LinkedIn system.

I have made several attempts at correcting the problems without success.

People trying to connect with me on LinkedIn will be unsuccessful, no
matter how much I want to connect with them.

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

September 21, 2015

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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Blog Alerts May Become Annoying

September 21, 2015

Placing a request to be alerted when I make a post is not the best way to keep track of my activity.

I have made a lot of posts. Some of them are research reports which are individually written with the aid of my Programmable Software Development Tool. Others such as the seminars have been written some time ago and are periodically posted on my blog. Frequently, I will make as many as three posts on a single day.

As a consequence, you are going to get a lot of alerts which may become annoying to you.

Please may I suggest a better way of keeping track of my activities.

I recommend that you follow me on Twitter (@whatifwe2048). You will see that my tweets are the titles of my blog posts in the order of occurrence. You can then easily select the ones that you wish to read,

This approach will give you greater control over your internet traffic.