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An article was brought to my attention recently. It contains an interview with Bjarne Stroustrop, of C++ fame, discussing the language to which he gave life. Aside from a few technical non sequiturs, such as referring to C++ as “the archetypal ‘high level’ computer language (that is, one that preserves the features of natural, human language)”, I found the article rather entertaining.

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What is it about creating firmware that can make a seasoned journeyman software developer forget everything he or she ever learned about software design? continue reading…

Some software architects tend to think a lot about our place in the software world. In a recent conversation with a colleague, I found myself in agreement with his description of the clear separation between software engineer and software architect. His argument wasn’t that the two roles couldn’t be fulfilled by the same person, simply that they are separate disciplines. I fully agreed, yet as I thought about it, I grew somewhat uncomfortable with my own conviction about the extent of this separation. I felt a need to try to establish what the relationship is, and perhaps what it should be. continue reading…

Well, the barriers to entry into the avionics market may have come down, if only a little. continue reading…

A few months back, I picked up an issue of Scientific American.  Nothing to unusual there, but I was quite surprised by one of the articles I found inside. In “Dependable Software by Design”, Daniel Jackson put the high-integrity software industry in the public eye. continue reading…