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Holmes, WN 2000 , 'Why Johnny Can't Program' , Computer, vol. 33, no. 12 , 160, 158-159 , doi: 10.1109/2.889100.

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This essay examines the nature of software development and argues that two kinds of workers should be used in projects: system engineers who design the system implemented by the software and monitor its implementation, and programmers who do the actual coding and testing. The Y2K problem is used as an illustration.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: system analysis, programming, software development, the Y2K problem
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/2.889100
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