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An Onward! essay reflects upon software-related technology. Its goal is to help the reader to share a new insight, engage with an argument, or wrestle with a dilemma. A successful essay is a clear and compelling piece of writing that explores a topic important to the software community. The writing can be enhanced by other pieces of art such as photos or film. The subject area should be interpreted broadly, including the relationship of software to human endeavors, or its philosophical, sociological, psychological, historical, or anthropological underpinnings. An essay can be an exploration of its topic, its impact, or the circumstances of its creation; it can present a personal view of what is, explore a terrain, or lead the reader in an act of discovery; it can be a philosophical digression or a deep analysis. It can describe a personal journey, perhaps that by which the author reached an understanding of such a topic.