2nd Edition

Software Engineering
A Methodical Approach, 2nd Edition

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ISBN 9780367746018
May 28, 2021 Forthcoming by Auerbach Publications
496 Pages 232 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Software Engineering: A Methodical Approach provides a comprehensive, but concise introduction to software engineering. It adopts a methodical approach to solving software engineering problems, proven over several years of teaching, with outstanding results. The book covers concepts, principles, design, construction, implementation, and management issues of software engineering. Each chapter is organized systematically into brief, reader-friendly sections, with itemization of the important points to be remembered. Diagrams and illustrations also sum up the salient points to enhance learning. Additionally, the book includes the author’s original methodologies that add clarity and creativity to the software engineering experience.

New in the Second Edition are chapters on software engineering projects, management support systems, and software engineering frameworks and patterns as a significant building block for the design and construction of contemporary software systems. The text starts with an introduction of software engineering and the role of the software engineer. The following chapters examine in-depth software analysis, design, development, implementation and management. Covering object-oriented methodologies and the principles of object-oriented information engineering, the book reinforces an object-oriented approach to the early phases of the software development life cycle. It covers various diagramming techniques and emphasizes object classification and object behavior. The text features comprehensive treatment of:

  • Project management aids that are commonly used in software engineering
  • An overview of the software design phase, including a discussion of the software design process, design strategies, architectural design, interface design, software design, and development standards
  • User interface design
  • Operations design
  • Design considerations including system catalog, product documentation, user message management, design for real-time software, design for reuse, system security, and the agile effect.
  • Human resource management from a software engineering perspective
  • Software economics
  • Software implementation issues that range from operating environments to marketing of software
  • Software maintenance, legacy systems, and re-engineering

The textbook can be used as a one-semester or two-semester course in software engineering, augmented with an appropriate CASE or RAD tool. It emphasizes a practical, methodical approach to software engineering, avoiding an overkill of theoretical calculations where possible. The primary objective is to help students gain a solid grasp of the activities in the software development life cycle be confident about taking on new software engineering projects.

Table of Contents

Part I. Fundamentals
Chapter 1. Introduction to Software Engineering
Chapter 2. The Role of the Software Engineer

Part II. Software Investigation and Analysis
Chapter 3. Project Selection and Initial System Requirement
Chapter 4. Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Methodologies
Chapter 5. Object-Oriented Information Engineering
Chapter 6. The Requirements Specification
Chapter 7. Information Gathering
Chapter 8. Communication via Diagrams
Chapter 9. More Diagrams — Modeling Objects and their Behavior
Chapter 10. Decision Models for System Logic
Chapter 11. Project Management Aids

Part III. Software Design
Chapter 12. Overview of Software Design
Chapter 13. Database Design
Chapter 14. User Interface Design
Chapter 15. Operations Design
Chapter 16. Other Design Considerations
Chapter 17. Putting the Pieces Together

Part IV. Software Development
Chapter 18. Software Development Issues
Chapter 19. Human Resource Management
Chapter 20. Software Economics

Part V. Software Implementation and Management
Chapter 21. Software Implementation Issues
Chapter 22. Software Management
Chapter 23. Organizing for Effective Management

Part VI. Advanced Software Concepts
Chapter 24. Management Support Systems
Chapter 25. Software Engineering Frameworks
Chapter 26. New Frontiers in Software Engineering

Part VII. Appendices
Appendix A. Sample Examination Questions and Case Studies
Appendix B. Project Proposal for a Generic Inventory Management System
Appendix C. Requirements Specification for a Generic Inventory Management System
Appendix D. Design Specification for a Generic Inventory Management System

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Elvis C. Foster is Professor of Computer Science at Keene State College. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BS.) in Computer Science and Electronics, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science (specializing in software engineering and database systems) from University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica. His research interests include the development as well as evaluation of management support systems for contemporary organizations.

Bradford A. Towle, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Florida Polytechnic University and is the interim-department chair. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Computer Engineering from Montana State University, Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno (specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics).