With all the gender wars going on in the world, and the workplace slowly shifting into a more politically correct one, with ‘person’ replacing man, coding seems to be the next target on the list of these warriors. I read a blogpost today which claims that best practice coding is a feminine trait.
Emma McGrattan, the senior vice-president of engineering for computer-database company Ingresâ€“and one of Silicon Valleyâ€™s highest-ranking female programmersâ€“insists that men and women write code differently. Women are more touchy-feely and considerate of those who will use the code later, she says. Theyâ€™ll intersperse their codeâ€“those strings of instructions that result in nifty applications and programsâ€“with helpful comments and directions, explaining why they wrote the lines the way they did and exactly how they did it.
Men, on the other hand:
Men, on the other hand, have no such pretenses. Often, â€œthey try to show how clever they are by writing very cryptic code,â€ she tells the Business Technology Blog. â€œThey try to obfuscate things in the code,â€ and donâ€™t leave clear directions for people using it later. McGrattan boasts that 70% to 80% of the time, she can look at a chunk of computer code and tell if it was written by a man or a woman.
While this may or may not be the case in the US, what about us pakistani’s? How many good women developers do we have in our workplace? While most women in IT in Pakistan might be considered to stay within the domains of quality assurance or technical writing, has anyone witnessed the productivity of women here to be greater to that of men?
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