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Comment Re:Definition (Score 1) 568

I would add to:

"1.the art or science of making practical application of the knowledge of pure sciences,...."

when such knowledge is available.

Engineers had to construct things before science provided any tools (like Romans built bridges, without stress analysis). Programming is a discipline where the practice is ahead of the theory, but I would still call it engineering.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead