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Academic publishers have a long and tawdry history of expecting academics to work for them for free or for minimal rewards. They expect you to publish papers in their journals without recompense which they then sell back to you or to act as a reviewer for work submitted to them. They tantalise you with an […]

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I read the Fear Index by Robert Harris on holiday last week.  Harris states in an afterword that ‘I would like to write a new version of Nineteen Eight-Four, based on the idea that it was the modern corporation, strengthened by computer technology, that had supplanted the state as the greatest threat to individual liberty’. […]

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The Association of Computing Machinery is the premier US representative body for computer science and according to its own blurb: “serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences and career resources” Well, yes and no.  The ACM may perhaps serve its members but for sure it does not serve the profession in […]

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Inspired by the Atlantic Monthly Tech Canon, books every technie ought to have read, I have volunteered to put together a reading list for computer science students. This is not a list of textbooks but a list of more general reading on tech topics (computing and others) that will help them broaden their understanding of […]

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I’ve just finished reading The Shallows, by Nick Carr which is his latest book after The Big Switch, which ‘sold’ cloud computing. This book has quite a different tone from the technological optimism of the Big Switch – here, Nick has turned against the Internet that feeds him and suggests that the use of the […]

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IEEE Computer, 43 (1), January 2010 This provocative article challenges accepted academic thinking of formal methods and suggests that the current approach to formal methods has been a complete failure and that our whole notion of formal methods of software engineering needs to be rethought. Parnas proposes a relational approach and sets out problems and […]

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J.L. Eveleens and C. Verhoef, IEEE Software, 27 (1), Jan-Feb 2010 This is an article that analyses the frequently cited Standish reports that state how many SE projects have failed and generally present software engineering to be in a bad state. The paper shows that Standish’s method is completely unreliable and the Standish figures simply […]

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A. Engelfreit, IEEE Software, 27 (1), Jan-Feb 2010 A good discussion of the issues in open source licensing. It provides practical advice on the factors to be considered when using and developing open source software. DOI: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2010.5

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N.B. Ruparelia, SEN, 35 (1), January 2010 A brief history of software version control from the 1970s to the present day. The article presents a general overview of version control than briefly summarizes a number of different version control systems. Most of the focus is on open source systems and the author doesn’t mention broad […]

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