University of Groningen Offers Repertory Grid Tool for Capturing Architecture Decisions

by Michael Stal on  Jul 25, 2012 2

Dan Tofan from the University of Groningen provides the open source software tool RGT (Repertory Grid Tool) to software architects for capturing and evaluating their architecture decisions. Using the tool architects can better document their decisions and reflect about them.

Dan North Discusses The Art Of Misdirection

by Michael Stal on  Jun 26, 2012 4

Dan North has recently discussed the impact of opportunity costs in his article "The Art of Misdirection." Opportunity Cost is about choosing an obvious solution for a particular problem context, although sometimes an alternative option may be the better choice. Software engineers, in particular, are subject to such opportunity costs as they are constantly facing decisions in their daily work.

Grady Booch Receives 2012 Lovelace Medal from British Computing Society

by Michael Stal on  Jun 09, 2012

The British Computing Society has awarded its Lovelace Medal 2012 to Grady Booch for his “innovative work in software architecture, software engineering and collaborative environments.”

Vector Fabrics Introduces Pareon for Multicore Software Optimization

by Michael Stal on  Jun 09, 2012

The Dutch company Vector Fabrics recently introduced its tool called Pareon. According to the company’s press release, the tool allows to optimize applications for multicore systems.

Do Software Engineers Need a Degree in Computer Science?

by Michael Stal on  May 18, 2012 38

The role of a software Engineer” does not necessarily require a degree in Computer Science. In his article for Dr. Dobb’s, “Software Engineers All!” Andrew Binstock discusses whether software engineers really require a degree in computer science to perform an excellent job. Ranks Software Engineer Best Job in 2012

by Michael Stal on  Apr 01, 2012 has recently published a ranking of 200 different jobs. In this investigation software engineer was determined to be the best job and better rated than actuary, human resources manager, dental hygienist or financial planner.

Software Architecture for the eCar of the Future

by Michael Stal on  Mar 16, 2012

In a recent news release the Siemens AG addressed how important new information and communications technology will be in future electric cars. A German government funded project investigates in appropriate software architecture for such cars.

HeadwaySoftware has added support for Doxygen and Understand in structure101 and restructure101

by Michael Stal on  Mar 08, 2012

HeadwaySoftware has recently added support for Doxygen and Understand for C and C++, Delphi and Python programmers in its tools structure101 and restructure101.

Pivot-Thinking – The Neuroscience of Design

by Michael Stal on  Mar 06, 2012

The Center of Professional Development at the Stanford University offers a free live seminar on 8th March (9.00 am / PST) addressing the thinking behind design thinking. Pivot thinking is a new research area that addresses how to bridge the gap between "convergers" and "divergers" in teams which is particularly interesting for software engineering projects.

Sparx Systems Has Released Enterprise Architect 9.2

by Michael Stal on  Feb 09, 2012 4

Sparx Systems, an Austrian based vendor of UML tools, has recently published version 9.2 of Enterprise Architect. The new version adds features like enhanced simulation capability and support for describing ontologies.

IRQA - A Requirements Definition and Management Solution for Systems Engineering Projects

by Michael Stal on  Jan 27, 2012 5

Visure Solutions recently announced the availability of IRQA which denotes a solution for requirements definition and management (RDM). A sound process using professional tools is important for ensuring the quality of product and solution development with respect to the requirements specification.

MSEPT'12 - Conference on Software Engineering for Multicore Systems

by Michael Stal on  Jan 13, 2012

It is hard to leverage the parallelism provided by recent processor architectures. As these CPUs are now available even in the low cost price sector, the main challenge of software engineers is to utilize the processors in their applications or apps. The International Conference on Multicore Software Engineering, Performance, and Tools (MSEPT'12) will focus on possible answers.

How Applied Psychology can help Software Engineers

by Michael Stal on  Nov 02, 2011 1

On the 1st November software engineer and author John R. Fox has published his book “Digital Work in an Analog World”. According to its subtitle “Improving Software Engineering by Applied Psychology”, the book does not consider software engineering in practice. Rather, it is focusing on the psychological aspects relevant and practices relevant for engineers.

MIT introduces Oracle for Object-Oriented Programmers

by Michael Stal on  Oct 07, 2011

In a recent news article the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has introduced a technology for automatically remembering connections between objects. The provided system determines how objects in a large software project interact, so it can inform latecomers which objects they will need to design certain types of functions.

Preview: 15th SPLC Conference on Software Product Lines

by Michael Stal on  Aug 05, 2011

The International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC) is the most important event that covers the full range of Product Line Engineering in software-intensive products. Its 15th incarnation will take place in the Munich City Center from August 21st to August 26th.

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