QA, or "quality assurance," has been coming up a lot in my conversations, job-seeking - and naturally, thoughts - lately. Poor QA! No one wants to do it: companies, as a whole, don't always invest much in it and individuals themselves don't necessarily seek it out as a career path -- at least, that's what it feels like.
At the end of the day, QA just ain't that glamorous.
It can be somewhat philosophical, though, and seems to me worthy of inquiry (yes - inquiry into a type of inquiry). QA can be seen as an excellent example of a posteriori knowledge -- and, by virtue of that, reinforce arguments against a priori knowledge, and can even be used in the case against solipsism.
I'll delve into what it all means in the next couple of posts, so stay tuned.