Educating Computing's Next Generation
In a sensible world—at least as defined by computer scientists who, as we all know, are eminently sensible people—there would be no need for the ACM Education Policy …
In the Virtual Extension
Here are synopses of four Virtual Extension articles that are now available in their entirety to ACM members via the Digital Library.
Letters to the editor
I Want a Personal Information Pod
I found much to agree with in Stephen Davies's article "Still Building the Memex" (Feb. 2011) but also feel one of his suggestions went off in the wrong direction.
Matters of Design, Part II
Jason Hong discusses how Apple creates well-designed products and what the human-computer interaction community can learn from its methods.
ACM on the Move
Over the coming weeks, ACM will be diving headfirst into the world of mobility. Our strategy is essentially two-pronged. The first is the development of a mobile version of …
The Quest For Randomness
It's not easy to generate a string of numbers that lack any pattern or rule, or even to define exactly what randomness means.
Engineering Sensation in Artificial Limbs
Advancements in mobile electronics have led to several prosthetics innovations in recent years, but providing reliable touch sensations to users remains an elusive goal.
Social Games, Virtual Goods
The popularity of virtual goods and currencies in online gaming is changing how people think and act about money.
British Computer Scientists Reboot
After a year of turmoil, computer scientists at King's College London have retained their jobs, but substantial challenges lie ahead.
Managing Global IT Teams: Considering Cultural Dynamics
Successful global IT team managers combine general distributed team management skills enhanced with cultural sensitivity.
Building Castles in the Air
Reflections on recruiting and training programmers during the early period of computing.
Technology strategy and management
Platform Wars Come to Social Media
The world can absorb more social media sites, but how many?
Programming is a creative endeavor, and therefore there is such a thing as coder's block. What does it take to clear the blockage?
Asymmetries and Shortages of the Network Neutrality Principle
Since the beginning of the debate on network neutrality, and perhaps as an inheritance of that beginning, the controversy has been restricted to fixed broadband networks.
Viewpoints: Virtual extension
Reaching Future Computer Scientists
The decline in undergraduate enrollment at the university level is well documented and it begins in high school. We advocate university faculty reaching out to high school …
Returning Control to the Programmer: SIMD Intrinsics For Virtual Machines
Exposing SIMD units within interpreted languages could simplify programs and unleash floods of untapped processor power.
Successful Strategies For IPv6 Rollouts. Really.
Knowing where to begin is half the battle.
A Co-Relational Model of Data For Large Shared Data Banks
Contrary to popular belief, SQL and noSQL are really just two sides of the same coin.
Design Principles For Visual Communication
How to identify, instantiate, and evaluate domain-specific design principles for creating more effective visualizations.
Why STM Can Be More Than A Research Toy
Despite earlier claims, Software Transactional Memory outperforms sequential code.
Reflecting on the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge
Finding 10 balloons across the U.S. illustrates how the Internet has changed the way we solve highly distributed problems.
Contributed articles: Virtual extension
Emergency! Web 2.0 to the Rescue!
Emergent serendipity fosters volunteerism driven by creative problem solving, not simply following directions.
A Research Doctorate For Computing Professionals
Looking back on the first decade of the Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing---an ambitious doctoral track for people who want to do research in an industrial setting.
Crowdsourcing Systems on the World-Wide Web
The practice of crowdsourcing is transforming the Web and giving rise to a new field.
Review articles: Virtual extension
Achievements and Challenges in Software Reverse Engineering
Deeply understanding the intricacies of software must always come before any considerations for modifying it.
Technical Perspective: Liability Issues in Software Engineering
The paper by LeMétayer et al. addresses one technical issue in a large and serious problem in the production of mass-market software (MMSW), that of the lack of liability …
Liability Issues in Software Engineering: The Use of Formal Methods to Reduce Legal Uncertainties
This paper reports on the results of a multidisciplinary project involving lawyers and computer scientists with the aim to put forward a set of methods and tools to (1) define software liability in a precise and unambiguous way …
Technical Perspective: Patterns Hidden from Simple Algorithms
Is the number 9021960864034418159813 random? To my limited mind, the string appears random. Is there a way to use some formal mathematics to justify my naïveté?
Poly-Logarithmic Independence Fools Bounded-Depth Boolean Circuits
The question of determining which (weak) forms of randomness "fool" (or seem totally random to) a given algorithm is a basic and fundamental question in the modern theory …
Q&A: The Chief Computer
Kelly Gotlieb recalls the early days of computer science in Canada.