Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering

Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering

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The practice of building software is a a€œnew kid on the blocka€ technology. Though it may not seem this way for those who have been in the field for most of their careers, in the overall scheme of professions, software builders are relative a€œnewbies.a€ In the short history of the software field, a lot of facts have been identified, and a lot of fallacies promulgated. Those facts and fallacies are what this book is about. Therea€™s a problem with those factsa€“and, as you might imagine, those fallacies. Many of these fundamentally important facts are learned by a software engineer, but over the short lifespan of the software field, all too many of them have been forgotten. While reading Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering , you may experience moments of a€œOh, yes, I had forgotten that, a€ alongside some a€œIs that really true?a€ thoughts. The author of this book doesna€™t shy away from controversy. In fact, each of the facts and fallacies is accompanied by a discussion of whatever controversy envelops it. You may find yourself agreeing with a lot of the facts and fallacies, yet emotionally disturbed by a few of them! Whether you agree or disagree, you will learn why the author has been called a€œthe premier curmudgeon of software practice.a€ These facts and fallacies are fundamental to the software building fielda€“forget or neglect them at your peril!This particular 60 percent stems from what is uniquely possible in the software field a€” enhancing old products ... (A remodeler once told me that most of his clients got divorces during the [exceedingly contentious] remodeling process. I quicklyanbsp;...

Title:Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
Author: Robert L. Glass
Publisher:Addison-Wesley Professional - 2002-10-28

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