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The Problem With Software

Author : Adam Barr
ISBN : 9780262038515
Genre : Computers
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An industry insider explains why there is so much bad software—and why academia doesn't teach programmers what industry wants them to know. Why is software so prone to bugs? So vulnerable to viruses? Why are software products so often delayed, or even canceled? Is software development really hard, or are software developers just not that good at it? In The Problem with Software, Adam Barr examines the proliferation of bad software, explains what causes it, and offers some suggestions on how to improve the situation. For one thing, Barr points out, academia doesn't teach programmers what they actually need to know to do their jobs: how to work in a team to create code that works reliably and can be maintained by somebody other than the original authors. As the size and complexity of commercial software have grown, the gap between academic computer science and industry has widened. It's an open secret that there is little engineering in software engineering, which continues to rely not on codified scientific knowledge but on intuition and experience. Barr, who worked as a programmer for more than twenty years, describes how the industry has evolved, from the era of mainframes and Fortran to today's embrace of the cloud. He explains bugs and why software has so many of them, and why today's interconnected computers offer fertile ground for viruses and worms. The difference between good and bad software can be a single line of code, and Barr includes code to illustrate the consequences of seemingly inconsequential choices by programmers. Looking to the future, Barr writes that the best prospect for improving software engineering is the move to the cloud. When software is a service and not a product, companies will have more incentive to make it good rather than “good enough to ship."
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Software Maintenance

Author : James Martin
ISBN : UOM:39015004544832
Genre : Computers
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Designing for maintenance; The methodology revolution; Packages. Performing the maintenance function; Viewing the future.
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Problem Frames

Author : M. A. Jackson
ISBN : 020159627X
Genre : Computers
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This book is a must-have for all IT professionals facing software development problems on a daily basis. If you are a systems analyst or requirements engineer it will provide an essential, practical guide from the task of identifying the problem to making the descriptions needed to resolve it. It will help you: decompose complex problems into simpler subproblems and see how the subproblems fit together; and build up a repertoire of simple, clear and easily applicable problem classes which you can access and reuse, drawing on the experience associated with each class. Features: numerous real-world example problems are analyzed, giving you insight into how to recognize and structure your own problems in practice; a mixture of large and small problems is presented, showing the stripped down essence of problem classes and discussing different aspects of each problem; problem frames are independent of any particular development method, so they can be easily applied in your own situation; and appendices summarizing the descriptive languages and notations; plus a glossary of terminology.
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Metrics And Models In Software Quality Engineering

Author : Stephen H. Kan
ISBN : 0201729156
Genre : Computers
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Seven new chapters and exhaustive coverage of process improvement, testing, and quality assurance bulk up this new edition. The book contains numerous real-life examples based on the author's work at the Malcolm Baldrige Award-winning software development laboratory at IBM Rochester, MN.
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An Integrated Approach To Software Engineering

Author : Pankaj Jalote
ISBN : 9780387281322
Genre : Computers
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Details the different activities of software development with a case-study approach whereby a project is developed through the course of the book The sequence of chapters is essentially the same as the sequence of activities performed during a typical software project.
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Software Craftsmanship

Author : Pete McBreen
ISBN : 0201733862
Genre : Computers
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By recognizing that software development is not a mechanical task, you can create better applications. Today's software development projects are often based on the traditional software engineering model, which was created to develop large-scale defense projects. Projects that use this antiquated industrial model tend to take longer, promise more, and deliver less. As the demand for software has exploded, the software engineering establishment has attempted to adapt to the changing times with short training programs that teach the syntax of coding languages. But writing code is no longer the hard part of development; the hard part is figuring out what to write. This kind of know-how demands a skilled craftsman, not someone who knows only how to pass a certification course. Software Craftsmanship presents an alternative--a craft model that focuses on the people involved in commercial software development. This book illustrates that it is imperative to turn from the technology-for-its-own-sake model to one that is grounded in delivering value to customers. The author, Pete McBreen, presents a method to nurture mastery in the programmer, develop creative collaboration in small developer teams, and enhance communications with the customer. The end result--skilled developers who can create, extend, and enhance robust applications. This book addresses the following topics, among others: Understanding customer requirements Identifying when a project may go off track Selecting software craftsmen for a particular project Designing goals for application development Managing software craftsmen Software Craftsmanship is written for programmers who want to become exceptional at their craft and for the project manager who wants to hire them. 0201733862B07242001
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Software Maintenance

Author : Penny Grubb
ISBN : 981238426X
Genre : Computers
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Software systems now invade every area of daily living. Yet, we still struggle to build systems we can really rely on. If we want to work with software systems at any level, we need to get to grips with the way software evolves. This book will equip the reader with a sound understanding of maintenance and how it affects all levels of the software evolution process.
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Fundamental Approaches To Software Engineering

Author : Marsha Chechik
ISBN : 9783642005923
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ETAPS 2009 was the 12th instance of the European Joint Conferences on T- ory and Practice of Software. ETAPS is an annual federated conference that was established in 1998 by combining a number of existing and new conf- ences. This year it comprised ?ve conferences (CC, ESOP, FASE, FOSSACS, TACAS), 22 satellite workshops (ACCAT, ARSPA-WITS, Bytecode, COCV, COMPASS, FESCA, FInCo, FORMED, GaLoP,GT-VMT, HFL, LDTA, MBT, MLQA, OpenCert, PLACES, QAPL, RC, SafeCert, TAASN, TERMGRAPH, andWING), four tutorials,andseveninvitedlectures (excludingthose thatwere speci?c to the satellite events). The ?ve main conferences received this year 532 submissions (including 30 tool demonstration papers), 141 of which were - cepted (10 tool demos), giving an overall acceptance rate of about 26%, with most of the conferences at around 25%. Congratulations therefore to all the - thors who made it to the ?nal programme!I hope that mostof the other authors will still have found a way of participating in this exciting event, and that you will all continue submitting to ETAPS and contributing towards making it the best conference on software science and engineering. The events that comprise ETAPS address various aspects of the system - velopment process, including speci?cation, design, implementation, analysis and improvement. The languages, methodologies and tools which support these - tivities are all well within its scope. Di?erent blends of theory and practice are represented, with an inclination towards theory with a practical motivation on the one hand and soundly based practice on the other.
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