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Software craftsmanship is an approach to software development that emphasizes the coding skills of the software developers. It is a response by software developers to the perceived ills of the mainstream software industry, including the prioritization of financial concerns over developer accountability.
Historically, programmers have been encouraged to see themselves as practitioners of the well-defined statistical analysis and mathematical rigor of a scientific approach with computational theory. This has changed to an engineering approach with connotations of precision, predictability, measurement, risk mitigation, and professionalism. Practice of engineering led to calls for licensing, certification and codified bodies of knowledge as mechanisms for spreading engineering knowledge and maturing the field.
The Agile Manifesto, with its emphasis on “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” questioned some of these assumptions. The Software Craftsmanship Manifesto extends and challenges further the assumptions of the Agile Manifesto, drawing a metaphor between modern software development and the apprenticeship model of medieval Europe.
Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship
As aspiring Software Craftsmen we are raising the bar of professional software development by practicing it and helping others learn the craft. Through this work we have come to value:
Not only working software, but also well-crafted software
Not only responding to change, but also steadily adding value
Not only individuals and interactions, but also a community of professionals
Not only customer collaboration, but also productive partnerships
That is, in pursuit of the items on the left we have found the items on the right to be indispensable.
Passionate about using technology to improve our healthcare system.
I’m a software engineer with a background in web application development with a focus on security, open standards, and emerging technologies.
I work at MCG Health, a part of the Hearst Health network that provides Industry-Leading Informed Healthcare Strategies. We combine gold-standard content and innovative software solutions with quality analytics and benchmarking that can integrate seamlessly into virtually any EHR and case management workflow platform. Together, our products help drive effective care for a majority of commercially insured Americans, resulting in better outcomes and increased cost savings.
What Excites Me about Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI), sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, unlike the natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals. Leading AI textbooks define the field as the study of intelligent agents: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of successfully achieving its goals. Colloquially, the term “artificial …
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