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“What, Not How”: The Case of Specifications of the New York Bagel

by Daniel M. Berry Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, Canada In software engineering, we are told that a software requirements specification should specify what the desired software should do, not how the software should do it. This is often summarized as “What, not how.” This paper explores the validity of the advice to [...]

The Quick 10: If 10 Fast Food Joints Had Stuck With the Original Plan…

Ben and Jerry’s Bagels? Sonic Steakhouse? We should definitely be glad that some of our favorite quick-service places evolved into what they are today instead of sticking with Plan A. Just in case you’re curious, though, check out what could have become of these 10 places if fate hadn’t intervened. 1. When Ben and Jerry decided [...]