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UMass Amherst CICS Distinguished Lecture: Daniel Jackson (MIT) “Towards a Theory of Software Design”

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/11/07

A brilliant lecture, worth the 1+ hour watching: UMass Amherst CICS Distinguished Lecture: Daniel Jackson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) “Towards a Theory of Software Design”

[WayBackTowards a Theory of Software Design

Abstract:  Engineers make things work reliably and efficiently; designers make them useful. In the development of buildings, for example, the civil engineer is concerned with the internal structural that prevents the building from falling down; the designer (i.e., the architect) is concerned with the aspects of the building (light, space, etc.) experienced by its users.

I like how his group tags these to a concept part:

  • name
  • purpose
  • sample uses
  • mechanisms
  • variants
  • misfits
  • related to

During the talk there are many examples from common usage patterns and especially misfits. They range from file-sharing (like dropbox), selection and selection application (files/folders, designer objects) via option selection to the tool we all hate and love: git (more on that tomorrow).


via: [WayBack] Interesting talk about software design. – Asbjørn Heid – Google+

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