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What Every Engineer Should Know about Software Engineering

1st Edition

By Philip A. Laplante

CRC Press

328 pages | 116 B/W Illus.

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Do you…

  • Use a computer to perform analysis or simulations in your daily work?

  • Write short scripts or record macros to perform repetitive tasks?

  • Need to integrate off-the-shelf software into your systems or require multiple applications to work together?

  • Find yourself spending too much time working the kinks out of your code?

  • Work with software engineers on a regular basis but have difficulty communicating or collaborating?

    If any of these sound familiar, then you may need a quick primer in the principles of software engineering. Nearly every engineer, regardless of field, will need to develop some form of software during their career. Without exposure to the challenges, processes, and limitations of software engineering, developing software can be a burdensome and inefficient chore.

    In What Every Engineer Should Know about Software Engineering, Phillip Laplante introduces the profession of software engineering along with a practical approach to understanding, designing, and building sound software based on solid principles. Using a unique question-and-answer format, this book addresses the issues and misperceptions that engineers need to understand in order to successfully work with software engineers, develop specifications for quality software, and learn the basics of the most common programming languages, development approaches, and paradigms.

  • Table of Contents

    THE PROFESSION OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

    Introduction

    Software Engineering as an Engineering Profession

    Standards and Certifications

    Misconceptions about Software Engineering

    Further Reading

    SOFTWARE PROPERTIES, PROCESSES, AND STANDARDS

    Introduction

    Characteristics of Software

    Software Processes and Methodologies

    Software Standards

    Further Reading

    SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS SPECIFICATION

    Introduction

    Requirements Engineering Concepts

    Requirements Specifications

    Requirements Elicitation

    Requirements Modeling

    Requirements Documentation

    Recommendations on Requirements

    Further Reading

    DESIGNING SOFTWARE

    Introduction

    Software Design Concepts

    Software Design Modeling

    Pattern-Based Design

    Design Documentation

    Further Reading

    BUILDING SOFTWARE

    Introduction

    Programming Languages

    Software Construction Tools

    Becoming a Better Code Developer

    Further Reading

    SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE

    Introduction

    Quality Models and Standards

    Software Testing

    Metrics

    Fault Tolerance

    Maintenance and Reusability

    Further Reading

    MANAGING SOFTWARE PROJECTS AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERS

    Introduction

    Software Engineers Are People Too

    Project Management Basics

    Tracking and Reporting Progress

    Software Cost Estimation

    Project Cost Justification

    Risk Management

    Further Reading

    THE FUTURE OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

    Introduction

    Open Source

    Outsourcing and Offshoring

    Global Software Development

    Further Reading

    APPENDIX A: SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR A WASTEWATER PUMPING STATION WET WELL CONTROL SYSTEM (REV. 01.01.00)

    Introduction

    Overall Description

    Specific Requirements

    References

    APPENDIX B: SOFTWARE DESIGN FOR A WASTEWATER PUMPING STATION WET WELL CONTROL SYSTEM (REV. 01.01.00)

    Introduction

    Overall Description

    Design Decomposition

    References

    APPENDIX C: OBJECT MODELS FOR A WASTEWATER PUMPING STATION WET WELL CONTROL SYSTEM

    INDEX

    About the Series

    What Every Engineer Should Know

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    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    COM051230
    COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General
    TEC007000
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electrical