So, exactly what is electronics?

Given the evolution of components to microcontrollers in the electronics field over the past few years, exactly how do you define electronics today? Does it have to include a soldering iron? Does programming DSP chips and other keyboard activity qualify?

Read editor Bryan's thoughts and then: 
 

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So_ Exactly What is Electronics_
SO, EXACTLY WHAT IS ELECTRONICS?

Given the evolution of components to microcontrollers in the electronics field over the past few years, exactly how do you define electronics today? Does it have to include a soldering iron? Does programming DSP chips and other keyboard activity qualify?
    
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