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I agree with xkcd. Software development as a field is not that good at what it does and part of the problem is that we call it a science and its practitioners “engineers”. In some cases it is and sometimes they are, but a lot of the time writing code is an art, not that different from writing stories or sculpting clay.

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  • Part of my comment yesterday came after my wife and I had spent an hour talking with a surgeon about a tricky procedure. I walked away amazed at her command of the subject matter and the amount of planning and precautions that are put into place for the team to perform the operation successfully. I have very rarely felt that way interviewing or talking with other software developers.