Reflections on 50 Years of Computing: Impact of Professionalism on Teaching, Practice and Research
Fifty five years ago, in 1953, many aspects of computing were not even invented. Even the idea of making a career out of computing was essentially unknown. There were no formal courses for students to attend, no lecturers to teach the courses, practitioners were mainly researchers in universities and government establishments, and programming was a tool for researchers in subjects other than computing. In other words, there were no computer professionals.
In 2008, computing – be it teaching, practice or research – is a major employer of many skilled persons. It is recognized that computers play a significant role in all facets of human endeavour, from toys to jumbo jets, from corner shop businesses to multinational corporation and from children to senior citizens.
This paper examines the dimensions of the “impact of professionalism” and attempts to stimulate more attention on professionalism from the various communities involved, but particularly from the research community.