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[Apr. 27th, 2006|12:10 am]
Spent all day today (between dropping off and picking up my car for maintenance, which required me to get up far too early) at a seminar about software engineering at our institution.

I enjoyed it, possibly more than I expected to. What I took away from it is that I'm doing pretty well with my development process, given that I'm operating as a team of one. The points people brought up were things that I had identified as important, and nothing really leapt out at me as a revelation.

Mostly, I think, it was just kinda fun to hang out with people that were all on generally the same wavelength.

Star Wars this evening; we surprised Jeff by deciding not to fly the skiff over the mountains, or follow the droids on foot through the mine tunnel, but to follow the droids through the tunnel in the skiff. (Yay for 6-meter wide borer tunnels.)

[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2006-04-27 05:08 am (UTC)
I find most things that people say about how the software development process works irrelevant to my life as a researcher writing software (even, sometimes, reasonably large software) as a way of testing out and changing my own ideas.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-04-27 10:24 am (UTC)
I think we avoided that, because basically none of the Software Engineers here are CS majors; it's all scientists who became programmers through the side door, many of whom are writing software as a way to do exploratory research.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2006-04-27 10:31 am (UTC)
Huh. Then that sounds very interesting indeed; I never get to see talks like that. Any summaries/content I can look at?
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