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The Computer Boys Take OverComputers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise$
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Nathan L. Ensmenger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262050937

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.001.0001

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The Professionalization of Programming

The Professionalization of Programming

(p.163) 7 The Professionalization of Programming
The Computer Boys Take Over

Nathan Ensmenger

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the history of the professionalization of computer programming. It describes the need of programmers to establish the institutional structures associated with professionalism, including professional societies, certification programs, educational standards, and codes of ethics and suggests that the professionalization of computer programming represented a potential solution to the looming software crisis that appeared to programmers and employers alike. It highlights the struggle of computer programmers to prove that they possessed a unique set of skills and training that allowed them to lay claim to professional autonomy.

Keywords:   computer programming, professionalization, institutional structures, professionalism, professional societies, certification programs, educational standards, codes of ethics

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