Fashioning a Foundation for the Computing Profession
Holmes, WN (2000) Fashioning a Foundation for the Computing Profession. Computer, 33 (7). pp. 97-98. ISSN 0018-9162
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This essay introduces the column "The Profession" and discusses professionalism generally, and reviews the computing profession in particular. An analogy is drawn with the well-known nine dots problem, which is solved with four straight lines providing the solver looks outside the box to join the lines. However, the problem can be solved with one line providing the solver looks outside the piece of paper. In the same way, a professional has a social responsibility which must be exercised by looking outside the technology of the profession to the society as a whole.
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|Keywords:||professionalism, ethics, computing, the nine dots problem, social responsibility|
|Deposited By:||Mr Neville Holmes|
|Deposited On:||26 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||18 Jul 2008 20:11|
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