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Author Rostal, Pam ♦ West, Dave ♦ Quillien, Jenny
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Computer programming, programs & data
Subject Keyword Ethnography ♦ Alexander ♦ Agile ♦ Unfolding ♦ Theory-building ♦ Patterns ♦ Complexity
Abstract During its formative decades the software community looked twice to the theories of Christopher Alexander for inspiration, both times failing to completely master the architect's most useful insights. Now a third opportunity presents itself with Alexander's recent publication, The Nature of Order. Serious apprenticeship, however, imposes a prerequisite of sober self-reflection and evaluation. What, really, is the nature of the developer's tasks? Under what philosophical umbrella has the software community matured until now? Do other philosophical traditions offer alternative and perhaps more pertinent epistemologies? What voices, besides Alexander's, might contribute to the community's evolution? We address these questions along with theory building, ethnography, weak links, design heuristics, agility, and complex systems, all of which combine with Alexander's new theories to suggest different ways of doing what we do, better.
Description Affiliation: Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM, USA (Quillien, Jenny) || Highlands University of New Mexico, Las Vegas, NM, USA (West, Dave) || Perficient, Minneapolis, MN, USA (Rostal, Pam)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1983-05-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGPLAN Notices (SIGP)
Volume Number 44
Issue Number 10
Page Count 18
Starting Page 529
Ending Page 546

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Source: ACM Digital Library