Monday, September 25, 2017

HW11: Chapter 6

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HW10: Chapter 5

HW9: Reflections

The first thing that really jumped out at me in the article was the author's belief that consoles will continue to replace PCs. I agree with this opinion to a certain extent. I assume when the author says consoles, he includes smart TV devices like the Roku and Apple TV and mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. I assume this because the author emphasizes that the consoles will replace PCs in home for use as entertainment systems. I agree with the author here. Many people, like my mother and grandparents, only use PCs for basic things like email, social media, and media streaming. Consoles will replace PCs in this realm. However, with new applications for PCs in the business world, I think PCs will remain popular for a long time.
I thought the author’s statement about data analysis and how it relates to the past election was interesting. He points out how many pundits were quick to dismiss data analysis after the predictions were incorrect. I have been interested in data analysis in sports for a few years now and see this same dismissal on a regular basis. I agree with the author that data science will continue to grow as the methods of prediction become more refined with more data to compare. While no one should rely solely on data analysis, I believe it will be a useful tool in many industries and it should not be ignored.
I disagree with the author on interfaces getting more complicated. The initial UI designs for new technology will always be ugly and clunky, but with time they always become refined and minimal. This is seen in smart phones and how swiping has been utilized more and more in the last ten years.

I too worry about the implications of the law on new technologies. There is an interesting contrast is people being worrying about the invasion of their privacy while at the same time willingly giving personal information to the likes of Facebook and Google. However, I also worry that laws that allow invasion of privacy by authorities will be passed by those who do not completely understand the technology they create legislation for.

HW8: Chapter 2

2.1) Giving reasons for your answer based on the type of system being developed, suggest the most appropriate generic software process model that might be used as a basis for managing the development of the following systems:

A system to control anti-lock braking in a car:
The waterfall approach makes sense here because of the simplicity of the system. Also, there won't be much change to the system since it it part of a car and important safety features should not need improvement after release.

A virtual reality system to support software maintenance:
The incremental approach would benefit a VR system since the technology is fairly new. Since VR is new, it's potential uses are still being thought of and incremental updates as users figure out what they want are needed.

A university accounting system that replaces an existing system:
The Reuse-oriented approach would benefit a replacement system. Modifications to the system can be made were they are needed, and parts of the old system that work well and don't need to be changed can be reused.

An interactive travel planning system that helps users plan journeys with the lowest environmental impact:
An incremental approach would work best here. Climate science is a growing field and the system needs to be updated as more research is done on the subject.