Scientists and software engineers: A tale of two cultures

Segal, Judith (2008). Scientists and software engineers: A tale of two cultures. In: PPIG 2008: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Meeting of the Pschology of Programming Interest Group (Buckley, Jim; Rooksby, John and Bednarik, Roman eds.), Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.



The two cultures of the title are those observed in my field studies: the culture of scientists (financial
mathematicians, earth and planetary scientists, and molecular biologists) developing their own software, and the culture of software engineers developing scientific software. In this paper, I shall describe some problems arising when scientists and software engineers come together to develop scientific software and discuss how these problems may be ascribed to their two different cultures.

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