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Software Carpentry: Getting Scientists to Write Better Code by Making Them More Productive
November/December 2006 (vol. 8 no. 6)
pp. 66-69
Greg Wilson, University of Toronto
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.
Index Terms:
physics education, computation in undergraduate education, continuing education, software engineering
Citation:
Greg Wilson, "Software Carpentry: Getting Scientists to Write Better Code by Making Them More Productive," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 66-69, Nov.-Dec. 2006, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2006.122
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