Issue No. 06 - November/December (2006 vol. 8)
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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.
physics education, computation in undergraduate education, continuing education, software engineering
G. Wilson, "Software Carpentry: Getting Scientists to Write Better Code by Making Them More Productive," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 8, no. , pp. 66-69, 2006.