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Holmes, WN 2000 , 'Fashioning a Foundation for the Computing Profession' , Computer, vol. 33, no. 7 , pp. 97-98 , doi: 10.1109/2.869383.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: professionalism, ethics, computing, the nine dots problem, social responsibility
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/2.869383
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This essay has been more formally published as Essay 4.1 of the author's book "Computers and People" (Wiley, 2006). This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

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