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Elliot Jaffe
Dublin, Ireland

Elliot Jaffe is a seasoned industry professional currently working as CTO of Elliot has held chief technology officer (CTO) and vice president of research and development (VP R&D) positions at various high-tech companies, most notably PictureVision Inc, which he founded in 1995 and sold to Kodak in 2000. He has served as an Entrepreneur in Residence, and currently sits on a number of advisory boards. Elliot holds a PhD and MS in Computer Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BS in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Elliot’s technical focus has been on distributed systems, storage systems, and operating systems. His works include two-phase commit protocols, distributed system defenses, and large-scale storage applications. In his free time, he serves as a board member for a number of start-ups, is an amateur cook, and is a father to six boys.


Design patterns for managing up
Matsudaira K.  Communications of the ACM 62(3): 43-45, 2019. Type: Article

This short article is intended for professional settings, where you may be reporting to a chain of managers and must interact with them. The author provides recommendations in the form of response patterns that you can utilize when you encounter t...


The debugging mind-set
O’Dell D.  Communications of the ACM 60(6): 40-45, 2017. Type: Article

The author’s views on debugging as a learnable activity are presented in this article. O’Dell reviews literature from computer science (CS) and psychology and reaches the conclusion that debugging is not a black art, but a mental state...


From open-source software to Wikipedia: ‘backgrounding’ trust by collective monitoring and reputation tracking
de Laat P.  Ethics and Information Technology 16(2): 157-169, 2014. Type: Article

This paper by de Laat is a soft science view of trust mechanisms on open-source and crowd-sourced media. Particular attention is paid to Wikipedia’s curation mechanisms. The author suggests that there are three broad mechanisms to handle tru...


Software testing with code-based test generators: data and lessons learned from a case study with an industrial software component
Braione P., Denaro G., Mattavelli A., Vivanti M., Muhammad A.  Software Quality Journal 22(2): 311-333, 2014. Type: Article

This paper is an interesting indictment of the current state of test generators for software programs. The authors provide a very good overview of the available test generator methodology and discuss the more than 20 years of research experience i...


Cooperation, collaboration and pair-programming: field studies on backup behavior
Coman I., Robillard P., Sillitti A., Succi G.  Journal of Systems and Software 91124-134, 2014. Type: Article

Coman et al. describe two studies of pair programming. They define the term backup behavior as the extent to which team members help each other perform their roles, that is, how much they act as backup for their peers....


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