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Great article on distinction between Software Engineering and Software Development


Even though this article is five years old, it is just as salient and relevant today as then.  The author’s main argument is that software development is applied software engineering.  What a great way to think about the two concepts!!!  I think he’s exactly spot on, but it’s hard to get to this idea because of our experience of engineering is applied physics and physics is applied math.  I’ve never thought about applied engineering!  I always thought it should be applied computer science, but I was never comfortable with that idea.  I rarely use concepts from CS.  Maybe algorithms, but that’s about it.  This really fits!!  I encourage you to read this article if you’re interested in how our field is shaping up in this century!

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/dec05/pollice/index.html

 

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