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Technical Report

Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software

  • September 1990
  • By Mary Shaw
  • This 1990 report examines the practice of engineering and the way it has evolved in other disciplines.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-90-TR-020
  • Abstract

    Software Engineering is not yet a true engineering discipline, but it has the potential to become one. Older engineering fields offer glimpses of the character software engineering might have. From these hints and an assessment of the current state of software practice, we can project some characteristics software engineering will have and suggest some steps toward an engineering discipline of software. 

    This paper begins by examining the usual practice of engineering and the way it has evolved in other disciplines. This discussion provides a historical context for assessing the current practice of software production and setting out an agenda for attaining an engineering practice.

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SEI

Shaw, Mary. Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software. CMU/SEI-90-TR-020 . Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1990. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11227

IEEE

Shaw. Mary, "Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-90-TR-020 , 1990. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11227

APA

Shaw, Mary. (1990). Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software (CMU/SEI-90-TR-020 ). Retrieved May 25, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11227

CHI

Mary Shaw. Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software (CMU/SEI-90-TR-020 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1990. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11227

MLA

Shaw, Mary. 1990. Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software (Technical Report CMU/SEI-90-TR-020 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11227

BibTex

@techreport{ShawProspectsfor1990,
title={Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software},
author={Mary Shaw},
year={1990},
number={CMU/SEI-90-TR-020 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11227} }