Scientists and software engineers: A tale of two cultures.
In: Proceedings of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group, PPIG 08 (Buckley, Jim; Rooksby, John and Bednarik, Roman eds.), 10-12- September 2008, University of Lancaster, UK, Lancaster University.
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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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