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Is software development a science or an art? The software industry treats it as a science. It uses processes like MRDs, PRDs, and functional specs to convert customer needs into software that solves their problems. Various roles like product managers, engineering managers, project managers, architects, and programmers work together to drive the process like an efficient machine. Programmers are usually referred to as software engineers, but unlike mechanical, civil, and other kinds of engineers, software engineers don’t have any certification process or formal requirements. In fact, technically, software engineers aren’t engineers at all. Many famous people in the field recognize programming as an art. Good code isn’t a commodity that’s just pumped out – it’s composed like a novel or music. Good software is created from good code u... (more)

Five Open Source Applications to Get You Started

For a small business, flexibility and cost are key factors to bear in mind when considering a network threat management solution. The network security space has been dominated by big proprietary vendors like Barracuda, SonicWall, and WatchGuard. However, many people simply don't have the time or budget to research all the possible vendors and order, install, and configure a network appliance, so they postpone addressing network security. Given the cost and inflexibility associated with proprietary vendors, open source solutions may seem like a good option. However, many businesse... (more)