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Software Engineering in the Academy


  • Lokesh Khurana

    (S.P.C. Degree College, Baghpat)


There is no universally accepted definition of software engineering. For some, software engineering is just a glorified name for programming. If you are a programmer, you might put “software engineer†on your business card but never “programmer.†Others have higher expectations. A textbook definition of the term might read something like this: “the body of methods, tools, and techniques intended to produce quality software.†Rather than just emphasizing quality, we could distinguish software engineering from programming by its industrial nature, leading to another definition: “the development of possibly large systems intended for use in production environments, over a possibly long period, worked on by possibly many people, and possibly undergoing many changes,†where “development†includes management, maintenance, validation, documentation, and so forth.

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  • Lokesh Khurana, 2011. "Software Engineering in the Academy," Journal of Commerce and Trade, Society for Advanced Management Studies, vol. 6(2), pages 27-30, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:jct:journl:v:6:y:2011:i:2:p:27-30

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    Maintenence; Validation; Software Engineering;

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    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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