Issue No.06 - November/December (2006 vol.8)
Greg Wilson , University of Toronto
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MCSE.2006.122
In 2005, I taught a course on basic software development skills to 37 graduate students at the University of Toronto. Fourteen were studying computer science; the rest were in physics, the life sciences, mechanical and civil engineering, and other disciplines. Only four of the students used a version-control system when the course started, and only two of those were from computer science. Only one (a physicist working on a multinational collaboration) tested his software as a matter of routine; none used any kind of code-checking tools.
physics education, computation in undergraduate education, continuing education, software engineering
Greg Wilson, "Software Carpentry: Getting Scientists to Write Better Code by Making Them More Productive", Computing in Science & Engineering, vol.8, no. 6, pp. 66-69, November/December 2006, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2006.122