Archive for February, 2016

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

February 27, 2016

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

WhatifWe127 — My Internet Interface

February 26, 2016

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.

My Comment Approval Criteria

February 26, 2016

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 behaviour (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

I, A Programmer, Am Also A Quality Assurance Manager

February 26, 2016

To be strictly compliant with ISO9001, Programmers must
use enforceable standard methods and processes.

Assembly Language Programmers used macros for common
multi-instruction processes. These macros, once developed,
were never changed.

Software “breaks fatally” when it illegally writes. The
error cannot be fixed and it might take the machine down.

There are many error detection code segments that programmers
use during checkout and then remove before delivery.

I developed a C++ Macro Preprocessor to provide a highly
competent macro capability to facilitate using error detection code.

Unlike the Macro Assembler, my C++ Macro Preprocessor prepared
source code exclusively from the Macros.

IBM developed the first piece of error-free software in 1968.
It was the PL/1 Compiler and it was a joy to use.

The PL/I Compiler was error free due the strict application of
the requirements of simple precedence.

In the late 1960’s, Bob Prince of Lockheed developed a simple
precedence based compiler writer which I used.

In the early 1970’s, I used the Lockheed Compiler Writer to
prepare non-compiler applications with moderate success.

I had difficulty with the Compiler Writer on non-compiler
applications because data flows differently than processes.

I realized many years later that a multidimensional precedence
process could manage both processes and the data flow.

I learned how to make a set of coupled precedence processors
that “policed” the use of classes and the flow of data.

I updated my C++ Macro Processor to render it capable of
deploying simple precedence principles to my programming efforts.

My Macro Processor satisfied the Standard Methods and
processes requirements of ISO9001.

I inadvertently became a Quality Assurance Manager.

Open Source Software Development Tool: Upgrade Progress

February 26, 2016

FRIDAY 2016/02/26

STATUS: I have found a possible open-source Windows C++ development system, the Cygwin project which I have downloaded.

DETAIL: Mr. Mike, a long time professional friend, informed me about the Cygwin open-source project. This system provides a large collection of GNU and Open Source tools which provide functionality similar to a Linux distribution on Windows. In particular, I need a Win32 equivalent to the Linux gcc compiler.

RESULTS: A Windows equivalent to gcc has been founded in the downloaded package and appears to be functional.

NEXT TASK: My next task will be to build the Programmable Software Development Environment using this technology.

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

February 20, 2016

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

WhatifWe127 Blog — Web Browser Inquiries

February 20, 2016

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.

My Invitation To You

February 20, 2016

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.

Prague Conference in 1987

February 20, 2016

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.

Open Source Software Development Tool: Upgrade Progress

February 20, 2016

FRIDAY 2016/02/19

STATUS: It has been quite a while since I have explored the
improvement needs of the Programmable Software Development Environment.
Since that time, other challenges have occurred.

RESULTS: The Linux and Windows version produces identical data except
that the the Windows version is much slower.

NEXT TASK: My next task will re-examine the possible open-source C++
development systems.