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A historian's view of software engineering

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1 Author(s)
Tomayko, James E. ; Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Software engineers suffer from excessive introspection and self-doubt about the existence of the field. This paper takes a look at the history of engineering to find examples consistent with the practice of software engineering. We find that: software engineering does not have to wait until there is a mature underlying science, as engineering practice has generally led science; software engineering has characteristics of design practice that closely match what is normally considered to be engineering design; and software engineering has many attributes of any other new branch of engineering. Finally we consider the reasons why software engineering is not recognized, mostly due to inconsistencies in practice.

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Software Engineering Education & Training, 2000. Proceedings. 13th Conference on

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6-8 March 2000

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