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+ - Who is the new Steve McConnell?

Submitted by andrewa
andrewa (18630) writes "Steve McConnell is the renowned author of several classic software engineering texts. Several of his tomes occupy a space on my bookshelf and, while wiping the dust off them today, I wondered if he had written any new material. It seems, short of some updates to Code Complete, his most recent work is Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art.
While his texts are still mostly relevant today, I wondered if anybody else had risen to take his place. Admittedly I've not kept as current on software engineering texts, so would be interested in the experiences of Slashdot users...."

Comment: Re:My favorite, ever. (Score 1) 66

by andrewa (#46270051) Attached to: Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games
Do you mean the Commodore 64 Master of Magic, or the Microprose PC one? Not entirely sure about the Microprose one, as I don't see it listed in his Wiki page. If you mean the Commodore 64 one, then that was Rob Hubbard I think. I played a bit of the Microprose game, but don't specifically recall anything about the soundtrack, the Commodore 64 game though - that's a different matter and that's a very memorable piece of music for me...

+ - Ask Slashdot: Why are we still writing text based code? 4

Submitted by Rasberry Jello
Rasberry Jello (1589629) writes "*Improving upon what I posted yesterday. I really must know the answer to this question! It's been driving me crazy for years!*

"I consider myself someone who "gets code," but I'm not a programmer. I enjoy thinking through algorithms and writing basic scripts, but I get bogged down in more complex code. Maybe I lack patience, but really, why are we still writing text based code? Shouldn't there be a simpler, more robust way to translate an algorithm into something a computer can understand? One that's language agnostic and without all the cryptic jargon? It seems we're still only one layer of abstraction from assembly code. Why have graphical code generators that could seemingly open coding to the masses gone nowhere? At a minimum wouldn't that eliminate time dealing with syntax errors? OK Slashdot, stop my incessant questions and tell me what I'm missing."

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay