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  • What Engineers and Companies Can Do to Increase Social Impact

    Engineers in the tech industry have the means for social impact through their network, skills, and experience. Companies can create impact by making business practices socially-minded. Inclusive training considers the circumstances and backgrounds of individuals, with minimum entry barriers to ensure broad participation, including ethnicity, gender, neurodiversity, and socio-economic background.

  • Putting Arduino and the ESP32 at Work for STEM Education

    Launched on IndieGogo a few months ago after 2+ years in development, Crowbits is a STEM education project that leverages both the Arduino and ESP32 boards to teach logical thinking and programming. Featuring Lego-blocks compatibility and a Scratch-like interface, the project has reached its IndieGogo backing goal and is ready to ship, says Crowbits' maker Elecrow.

  • QCon Plus (May 17-28) Program Committee and Conference Chair Announced

    This May at QCon Plus over 1500 senior software engineers, architects, and team leads will discuss emerging software trends and practices, develop their technical and non-technical skills and get valuable insights they can take home to their team to implement right away.

  • DevOps Dojo Provides Online, Interactive DevOps Training

    DXC Technology has recently open-sourced their DevOps Dojo, a collection of learning modules that covers both the technical and cultural aspects of DevOps. The modules are built on the Katacoda platform and hosted on GitHub.

  • Software Engineering for Creativity, Collaboration, and Inventiveness

    A software engineering discipline must be iterative, based on feedback, incremental, experimental, and empirical. Craftsmanship is not sufficient; engineering is an amplifier, it enhances creativity, collaboration, and inventiveness. Continuous delivery is grounded in engineering principles.

  • Book Review Understanding Software by Max Kanat-Alexander

    The book "Understanding Software" by Max Kanat-Alexander is an interesting read for project managers and software architects. It provides insights into how to keep your software simple, and how you can avoid complex unmaintainable software. The book is most useful for project managers and architects.

  • Girl Scouts Introduce STEM-Focused Badges

    The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) recently announced a set of new badges available at different age-levels, focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics.

  • Tackling the Lack of Women in Technology

    There have been a number of articles written recently that explore the under-representation of women in technology fields and highlight some of the groups working to overcome the lack and help the technology industry become more relevant and attractive to women.

  • Software – Is it "Engineering" Yet?

    At the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference Mary Shaw talked about progress towards an engineering discipline of software. She explored what it means to have an engineering discipline, how far we have progressed toward having one for software, and what can be the next steps.

  • Google Course: UX Design for Mobile Developers

    UX Design for Mobile Developers is a free/paid course created by Google to help developers become UX designers.

  • Presentation: IASA’s Five Pillars of Architecture

    In his online presentation “Five Pillars of IT Architecture” Jim Wilt, architect at Microsoft, introduced IASA's view on the foundation of architecture. The pillars IASA identified include business technology strategy, IT environment, quality attributes, design and human dynamics.

  • Crossing the Software Education Chasm

    In their recent blog posting “Crossing the Software Education Chasm” for the Communications of the ACM Armando Fox and David Patterson from UC Berkeley address the tradeoff between university education of software engineers and actual expectations of employers. They suggest that a solution to reduce this gap consists of teaching students agile development of SaaS apps using tools like rails.

  • Do Software Engineers Need a Degree in Computer Science?

    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.