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Michael Pickett 3468 <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 16:19:49 +0000
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 Richard Stuckey said:
> Is the problem really that there are too few programmers on the market
> who are software engineers  (regardless of whether or not they claim
> be such, or what language they use) rather than hackers - and that
> shows up more clearly when using Ada rather than C or C++ ?  It seems
> me, from what I have seen, that C++ very much appeals to the mindset
> quick & dirty programming, clever tricks and complexity simply for its
> own sake which came from the C community.  I find it perfectly
> to produce good code in C - because I write it as though I were
> Ada!
Yes. Although I started interviewing for Ada skills, I soon realised
that what I was looking for was a good sense of software engineering. If
the candidate is clearly an engineer, then I don't care if they haven't
done much Ada yet. That's easy to fix. However, if the candidate has
done loads of Ada but is still an engineering novice, there must be
something wrong.