DEPARTMENT: Editor's letter
The notion of what constitutes a profession has been studied extensively through exploration of its attributes. Common among these are a deep technical expertise, an essential, valued, societal contribution, and the need to adhere …
Andrew A. Chien
I recently had the opportunity to join several thousand teachers in Southern California for an annual confab on teaching. I came away with a very different view of elementary and secondary education than I had going in.
Vinton G. Cerf
DEPARTMENT: Letters to the editor
In "The Science of Brute Force " (August 2017), Marjin J.H. Heule and Oliver Kullmann humorously asked whether a mathematician using brute force is really "a kind of barbaric monster."
Robin K. Hill mulls an aspect of natural language processing research, while Mark Guzdial ponders why coding is taught in public schools.
Robin K. Hill, Mark Guzdial
Bioprinting has generated bones, cartilage, and some muscles; hearts and livers are still years away.
Advances in audio processing help separate the conversation from background noise.
How do small screens impact young minds?
COLUMN: Technology strategy and management
Checking out the recent Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods.
Michael A. Cusumano
COLUMN: Inside risks
Incidents from the early days of AI research are instructive in the current AI environment.
David Lorge Parnas
COLUMN: Economic and business dimensions
Integrating trust and automation in finance.
Vasant Dhar, Roger M. Stein
COLUMN: Kode vicious
If it seems like the sky is falling, that's because it is.
George V. Neville-Neil
Considering the issues and opportunities raised by Agile practices in the development of high-integrity software.
Roderick Chapman, Neil White, Jim Woodcock
Code is a story that explains how to solve a particular problem.
Expert-curated guides to the best of CS research.
Peter Bailis, Tawanna Dillahunt, Stefanie Mueller, Patrick Baudisch
Why the Bell curve hasn't transformed into a hockey stick.
Thomas A. Limoncelli
SECTION: Contributed articles
Developers know refactoring improves their software, but many find themselves unable to do so when they want to.
Ewan Tempero, Tony Gorschek, Lefteris Angelis
Millennials entering the workforce ignore the risks of using privately owned devices on the job.
Heiko Gewald, Xuequn Wang, Andy Weeger, Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Gerald Grant, Otavio Sanchez, Siddhi Pittayachawan
SECTION: Review articles
Exploring the technical and ethical issues surrounding Internet advertising and ad blocking.
Stephen B. Wicker, Kolbeinn Karlsson
SECTION: Research highlights
"Multi-Objective Parametric Query Optimization," by Immanuel Trummer and Christoph Koch is a remarkable tour de force exploration of the combination of both parametric and multi-objective query optimization.
Jeffrey F. Naughton
We propose a generalization of the classical database query optimization problem: multi-objective parametric query (MPQ) optimization.
Immanuel Trummer, Christoph Koch
"A Large-Scale Study of Programming Languages and Code Quality in GitHub," by Baishakhi Ray, et al., studies whether programming language choice and code quality are related.
Jeffrey S. Foster
What is the effect of programming languages on software quality? In this study, we gather a very large data set from GitHub in an attempt to shed some empirical light on this question.
Baishakhi Ray, Daryl Posnett, Premkumar Devanbu, Vladimir Filkov
COLUMN: Last byte
Imagine a set of red and blue hill towns connected by a network of roads. When a person from a red town travels through a blue town or vice versa, things can get unpleasant.