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Re: [xml-dev] Designing an experiment to gather evidence on approaches to designing web services

This is still a curious subject to me
Can we compare/learn from other engineering fields?  Is IT so Unique compared to say aircraft or bridge design?
I'd suggest software design is closer to engineering than science ... But how close and in what ways ?   No two IT projects are the same ... But then no two bridges are either.

Sent from my iPad (excuse the terseness) 
David A Lee

On Dec 29, 2011, at 12:23 PM, Richard Salz <rsalz@us.ibm.com> wrote:

>> Anecdote either way.  Scientific (as opposed to legal) evidence requires 
> a
>> planned test set ...
> Don't tell Ptolemy, Copernicus, et al.
>> In the nature of things, such gold-standard evidence testing is not
>> always possible.
> Indeed, I'd say such a Platonic ideal is a fool's errand in the real world 
> let alone one with so many variables as "IT projects."  All we have in 
> this situation is some data points of experience to help guide our 
> architectural decisions. 
>        /r$
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