Since everyone seems to wonder how things are going with my trainingship at ESOC/ESA in Darmstadt, I thought I’d share some impressions I had until now.
There are two ‘dimensions’ or even more about a trainingship I think. The first one is not the work itself, but the organisation around it. There is this crazy theory you learn during university classes and suddenly, some stuff of that makes suddenly sense. So now we have a problem here: The best thing for management classes would be to first complete a trainingship in a big company, then attend the classes (even the base classes). For technical classes, a trainingship should take place after a couple of semesters (as it does now).
So what about the work itself? Well, I can’t tell anything – it’s top secret :). Really though – I can talk about some insight I had about proper software project documentation. In my case, I know that someone will have to carry on the work I am doing now, and that makes you feel that a documentation really is needed. Also, a usage documantation is needed when you know that people will actually use the software on a daily basis. I still think software should be self explaining by having a very good user interface, but in some cases, a little help is never a bad idea.
What I am really sad about is the fact that at university, no student ever carry on a project that has been started by another person.

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2 Responses to Trainingship

  1. Soundzlover says:

    I found your remarks quite interesting, because it seems to me that most of the things we do at Zurich University are not directed to educate Managers of Business Information Systems (Wirtschaftsinformatiker) but instead Computer Scientists. There is so much about processes to learn, for example. To design a software is not only know how to build a program but even more how to gather all the information together that tells an analyst the requirements as well as the needs of a customer.

    We therefore distinguish not enough between software design and programming as such. But an ever-occurring reason might be the tremendous number of students attending the classes.

    Imagine that I am together with 10 people in a seminar here an 27 in a lecture… Our profs in Zurich usually dream about that… By the way, seminars are graded as well :-).

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