The Problem With Software

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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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Solving The Year 2000 Software Problem

Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science. Subcommittee on Technology
ISBN : LOC:00183589520
Genre : Government publications
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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
Genre : Computers
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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.
Category: Computers

Software Development Failures

Author : Kweku Ewusi-Mensah
ISBN : 0262262576
Genre : Computers
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An empirically based study of why software development failures happen, and the lessons we can learn. Failed or abandoned software development projects cost the U.S. economy alone billions of dollars a year. In Software Development Failures, Kweku Ewusi-Mensah offers an empirically grounded study that suggests why these failures happen and how they can be avoided. Case studies analyzed include the well-known Confirm travel industry reservation program, FoxMeyer's Delta, the IRS's Tax System Modernization, the Denver International Airport's Baggage Handling System, and CODIS. It has been estimated that one-third of software development projects fail or are abandoned outright because of cost overruns, delays, and reduced functionality. Some consider this an acceptable risk—that it is simply the cost of doing business. Ewusi-Mensah argues that understanding the factors involved in development failures will help developers and businesses bring down the rate of software failure and abandoned projects. Ewusi-Mensah explores the reasons software development projects are vulnerable to failure and why issues of management and organization are at the core of any failed project. He examines these projects not from a deterministically technical perspective but as part of a complex technical and social process; he proposes a framework of factors that contribute to the decision to abandon a project and enumerates the risks and uncertainties inherent in each phase of a project's life cycle. Exploring the multiplicity of factors that make software development risky, he presents empirical data that is reinforced by analyses of the reported cases. He emphasizes the role of the user in the development process and considers the effect of organizational politics on a project. Finally, he considers what lessons can be learned from past failures and how software development practices can be improved.
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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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Software Engineering Effective Teaching And Learning Approaches And Practices

Author : Ellis, Heidi J.C.
ISBN : 9781605661032
Genre : Computers
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Over the past decade, software engineering has developed into a highly respected field. Though computing and software engineering education continues to emerge as a prominent interest area of study, few books specifically focus on software engineering education itself. Software Engineering: Effective Teaching and Learning Approaches and Practices presents the latest developments in software engineering education, drawing contributions from over 20 software engineering educators from around the globe. Encompassing areas such as student assessment and learning, innovative teaching methods, and educational technology, this much-needed book greatly enhances libraries with its unique research content.
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Becoming Globally Competitive In Software

Author : Matthew D. Edwards
ISBN : 9781468571479
Genre : Computers
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This book will teach you, the software student, practitioner and/or manager, how to become competitive in the global resource pool in which we reside. In sometimes humorous, mostly direct conversation, this book discusses understanding the customer, serving the customer, and learning to discern what really matters along the way by exploring some difficult and often unpopular subjects: · The professional software talent pool is truly global and we are only grains of sand on a world beach · There is more value in seeing the forest than worshiping the tree · Know when to solve a problem, when to simplify, and when to be quiet · Delivering a technical solution is a social problem · Overpay the right people for the right reasons · Serve the customer and provide immediate value or someone else will
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Building Tightly Integrated Software Development Environments The Ipsen Approach

Author : Manfred Nagl
ISBN : 3540619852
Genre : Business & Economics
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This coherently written book is the final report on the IPSEN project on Integrated Software Project Support Environments devoted to the integration of tools for the development and maintenance of large software systems. The theoretical and application-oriented findings of this comprehensive project are presented in the following chapters: Overview: introduction, classification, and global approach; The outside perspective: tools, environments, their integration, and user interface; Internal conceptual modeling: graph grammar specifications; Realization: derivation of efficient tools, Current and future work, open problems; Conclusion: summary, evaluation, and vision. Also included is a comprehensive bibliography listing more than 1300 entries and a detailed index.
Category: Business & Economics

Ensuring Software Reliability

Author : Ann Marie Neufelder
ISBN : 1439832757
Genre : Computers
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Explains how software reliability can be applied to software programs of all sizes, functions and languages, and businesses. This text provides real-life examples from industries such as defence engineering, and finance. It is aimed at software and quality assurance engineers and graduate students.
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Building Software

Author : Nikhilesh Krishnamurthy
ISBN : 1420013513
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 54.9 MB
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Novel in its approach to software design, development, and management, Building Software: A Practitioner's Guide shows you how to successfully build and manage a system. The approach the authors recommend is a simple, effective framework known as Solution Engineering Execution (SEE). Through SEE, you create a successful solution by following a high
Category: Business & Economics

Introduction To Software Engineering

Author : Ronald J. Leach
ISBN : 9781315362502
Genre : Computers
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Practical Guidance on the Efficient Development of High-Quality Software Introduction to Software Engineering, Second Edition equips students with the fundamentals to prepare them for satisfying careers as software engineers regardless of future changes in the field, even if the changes are unpredictable or disruptive in nature. Retaining the same organization as its predecessor, this second edition adds considerable material on open source and agile development models. The text helps students understand software development techniques and processes at a reasonably sophisticated level. Students acquire practical experience through team software projects. Throughout much of the book, a relatively large project is used to teach about the requirements, design, and coding of software. In addition, a continuing case study of an agile software development project offers a complete picture of how a successful agile project can work. The book covers each major phase of the software development life cycle, from developing software requirements to software maintenance. It also discusses project management and explains how to read software engineering literature. Three appendices describe software patents, command-line arguments, and flowcharts.
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Introduction To The Personal Software Process Sm

Author : Watts S. Humphrey
ISBN : 0768685052
Genre : Computers
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This newest book from Watts Humphrey is a hands-on introduction to basic disciplines of software engineering. Designed as a workbook companion to any introductory programming or software-engineering text, Humphrey provides here the practical means to integrate his highly regarded Personal Software Process (PSP) into college and university curricula. The book may also be adapted for use in industrial training or for self-improvement by practicing software engineers. Applying the book's exercises to their course assignments, students learn both to manage their time effectively and to monitor the quality of their work, good practices they will need to be successful in their future careers. The book is supported by its own electronic supplement, which includes spreadsheets for data entry and analysis. A complete instructor's package is also available. By mastering PSP techniques early in their studies, students can avoid--or overcome--the popular "hacker" ethic that leads to so many bad habits. Employers will appreciate new hires prepared to do competent professional work without, as now is common, expensive retraining and years of experience.
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An Integrated Approach To Software Engineering

Author : Pankaj Jalote
ISBN : 0387948996
Genre : Computers
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This textbook provides an introduction to software engineering for undergraduate students of computer science. Its emphasis is on a case study approach in which a project is developed through the course of the book illustrating the different activities of software development. The sequence of chapters is essentially the same as the sequence of activities performed during a typical software project. All activities, including quality assurance and control activities, are described in each chapter as integral activities for that phase of the development process. Similarly, the author carefully introduces appropriate metrics for controlling and assessing the software process. This book is intended for students who have had no previous training in software engineering and is suitable for a one semester course. In this new edition two trends are clearly highlighted: software processes and object orientation. From reviews of the first edition "I can recommend this book for classroom adoption or individual study..." Computing Reviews "Overall, the book is very readable and exceptionally well organized ... exposes the reader to many current sophistictaed formal and quantitative methods." American Scientist
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