How Computer Programmers Work

How does a successful programmer work? The tasks of game programming and industrial safety critical programming appear to be quite different. Through a meticulous empirical examination, this book compares and contrasts the two forms of programming and shows how there is more to programming than technical skills.

Developing software is difficult, and the greatest difficulties often have to do with the way people think, speak to each other and work together. Examples demonstrate that awareness of tradition and context is essential to software development, by way of using hermeneutics and rhetorics and drawing on cultural studies as well as computer science, software engineering, and Agile development.

Part of a programmer's work is to figure out what the real goals of the work are, and how these are effectively pursued. This is essentially a process of understanding; a process that can be analysed with classical learning. This book shows how.

The research was funded by Turku Center for Computer Science, Svenska Kulturfonden, Svenska Litteratursällskapet i Finland, Gustaf Packaléns Mindefond and Det Suensonske Familielegat.


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Other works

Espen Suenson: Method and Fieldwork in a Hermeneutical Perspective
Published in: Approaching Methodology. A Special Issue of RMN Newsletter. Edited by Frog and Pauliina Latvala. No 4, May 2012.


Thomas Suenson: The National Necessity
A village parish in the Danish island of Zealand formed its own Historical Society in 1907, later erecting a museum proper in a small hamlet. This study tries to demonstrate that the efforts of the founders were closely linked with a specific understanding of the concepts of "people" and "fatherland" and that the driving force behind the founding was that of feeling the need to express one's own national affiliation through action.
University of Copenhagen, 2005.


Thomas Suenson: Folkelivsforskningens nødvendighed?
Pro et contra om hermeneutikkens rolle i etnologisk praksis demonstreret med eksempler fra konkret etnologisk arbejde. Offentlig forelæsning afholdt på Københavns Universitet den 31. august 2007 for magistergraden i Europæisk Etnologi af cand.phil. Thomas Suenson


Thomas Suenson: Begrebet folk i bibelsk-kristen forståelse
Søger indholdet af begrebet folk i dansk-folkelig sammenhæng ved at vise, hvordan den kristne, overvejende bibelske fortælling om folket kan have dannet de forestillinger, der forbindes med begrebet.
Københavns Universitet, 2007.


Den orthodox-katholske (orientalske) Kirkes udførlige christelige KATEKISMUS
Originalsproget prøvet og godkendt af den hellige styrende Synode og udgivet til Skoleundervisning og til alle orthodoxe Christnes Benyttelse efter Hans Kejserlige Majestæts allerhøjeste Befaling. Oversat fra Russisk af Provst C. Siletzky. G.E.C. Gad – København 1908.


Den orthodox-katholske (orientalske) Kirkes GUDDOMMELIGE LITURGIER
Oversatte af Provst C. Siletzky. G.E.C. Gad – København 1909.


RITUALER for den orthodox-katholske (orientalske) Kirkes SACRAMENTER
Samt de forudgaaende og efterfølgende hellige Handlinger. Oversatte fra Russisk af Provst C. Siletzky. G.E.C. Gad – København 1910.