Why Some Software CompaniesConfuse the Box with the Chocolates1

Offshoring and outsourcing have become hot topics over the last year, as the least creative U.S. companies rush to dump their software development tasks on bright, educated programmers in India, China, and Eastern Europe, and newly unemployed American programmers surprise themselves by making heartfelt arguments in favor of protectionism.

I've read entire books about outsourcing, and fundamentally nobody seems to understand that software development is design, not manufacturing. Every single line of code that gets written involves making a decision about the design of the software. And for software companies, and any other company ...

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