Engineering, Craftsmanship, and First-Time Quality
In Stephen Vance’s book ‘Quality Code: Software Testing Principles, Practices, and Patterns’ he discusses how the software testing industry largely considers the titles of ‘software developer’, ‘computer programmer’, ‘code-slinger’ and ‘software engineer’ to be synonymous. However, in some places the latter title cannot be used because of strict regulation of the term “engineer”. Software aspires to be an engineer-ing discipline along with the more traditional engineering disciplines such as civil, mechanical, electrical, and aerospace. It has started to be recognized as such in recent years, but with considerable debate over questions of licensure, certification, and the minimal requisite body of knowledge. At the same time,…....
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Stephen has been a professional software developer, consultant, manager, mentor, and instructor since 1992. He has practiced and taught code-level, automated testing techniques since 1997. He has worked across a broad range of industries for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations. He has spoken at software conferences throughout the United States and Europe. Stephen lives with his wife near Boston, Massachusetts.