My first real programming class, back in high school, was taught in C. I found it difficult and I remember spending the whole year thinking that I really had no aptitude for programming. I think I got an OK grade in the end, but I felt like I was really struggling compared to the other students in the class. It wasn’t until a year or two later, taking CS classes in college and finding them easy, that I figured a few things out.
There is relatively little publicly available information on the scope and difficulty level of software projects of any kind. Some information is available in books and papers by various self-styled software engineering experts such as Barry Boehm, Donald Reifer, Capers Jones, and several others. These experts usually have consulting businesses and do not disclose their raw data and make limited disclosures of the results of analyses of their data.
When fiction writer Jennifer Egan takes to Twitter this evening, she won’t be tweeting about the latest headlines or her favorite nightspot. Instead, she’ll be doling out her new short story “Black Box” at the rate of one tweet a minute.
Mozilla calls the restrictions in Microsoft’s coming Windows RT “an unwelcome return to the digital dark ages,” and suggests that Microsoft may be violating its anti-trust agreements by limiting browser choice in its new operating system.
An Ohio man is asking a Virginia federal judge to preserve data on the 66.6 million users of Megaupload, the file-sharing service that was shuttered in January due to federal criminal copyright infringement indictments targeting its operators.