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1 Lecture 1: Software Engineering: Introduction Dr Valentina Plekhanova University of Sunderland, UK

2 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 2 Background and Definitions What is Software? Could say software is instructions (programs) to provide desired function and performance data structures that enable the program to manipulate information documents that describe the operation and use of the programs.

3 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 3 Background and Definitions Can also look at software characteristics and application domains to get a better idea of what software is  Software is more than code!

4 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 4 Background and Definitions Software: any computer instructions written to be executed on hardware, including operating systems, utility programs, and application programs. [Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology]

5 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 5 Software Applications Software Applications [Pressman, R.S., 2000] The characteristics of software vary with the application domain. Some examples:  Real-time Software  Business Software  Engineering and Scientific Software  Embedded Software  Personal Computer (consumer) software  AI Software  …..

6 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 6 Software Applications The methods, techniques and tools for software development can vary considerably between application domains.

7 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 7 What is … ? [Sommerville] What is Engineering? What is Engineering? Engineers try to discover the problems and find/develop & apply appropriate theories, methods, and tools to the solutions to these problems. Engineers try to discover the problems and find/develop & apply appropriate theories, methods, and tools to the solutions to these problems. What is System Engineering? What is System Engineering?  (Computer-based) System engineering is concerned with hardware development and evolution of complex systems; policy, process design and system deployment as well as software engineering …  What is Software Engineering? …

8 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 8 An Engineering Approach considers the following : An Engineering Approach considers the following [Pressman, R.S., 2000] : What is the problem to be solved? What are the characteristics of the entity that are used to solve the problem? How will the entity (and solution) be realised? What approach will be used to uncover errors in the design and construction of the entity? How will the entity be maintained - corrections, adaptations and enhancements requested by users of the entity?

9 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 9 The Software Crisis The development of software engineering tools and methods began in the late 1960’s, largely in response to what many authors have termed “the software crisis”. The "software crisis" refers to the inability of developers to deliver reliable software, within cost and schedule.

10 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 10 The Software Crisis This crisis arose from the rapid increase in the size and complexity of computer applications. Systems became much too large and complicated to be performed by one individual or two people; instead, large project teams were required.

11 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 11 Software Characteristics Software is ‘logical’ rather then physical (though there are physical representations of the software). Software is developed or engineered, it is not manufactured in the classical sense. Nearly all the software costs are in the engineering, rather than manufacture. Classical project management for engineering projects do not map directly to software projects.

12 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 12 Software Characteristics Lack of visibility of software. Complexity of software projects not linear with size - projects do not scale up well as larger projects much more complex. Software subject to frequent change to requirements. Lack of good spatial representations for software. Most software is custom built, rather than being assembled from standard components.

13 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 13 Software Characteristics Ideal does not occur because:  Software is always subject to changes in requirements or the operating environment.  Fixing errors in software is not the same as fixing errors in hardware. Don’t just replace component, but change the system. This can introduce new errors.

14 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 14 Software Myths Software Myths [Pressman, R.S., 2000]  Myths or attitudes to software development include: Management Myths, e.g. Management Myths, e.g.  Have standards and procedures for building software - what more do we need?  My programmers have state of the art s/w development tools - we buy them the newest computers.

15 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 15 Software Myths Software Myths [Pressman, R.S., 2000]  If we get behind schedule, we can add more programmers and catch up.  A general statement of objectives is sufficient to begin writing programs - we can fill in the details later.

16 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 16 Software Myths Software Myths [Pressman, R.S., 2000] Customer Myths, e.g. Customer Myths, e.g.  Project requirements continually change, but change can be easily accommodated because software is flexible. Practitioner's Myths, e.g.  Once we write the program and get it to work, our job is done.  Until I get the program running, I really have no way of assessing its quality.  The only delivery for a successful project is the working program.

17 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 17 Software Engineering: Definitions There are a large number of ‘definitions’ of software engineering:  The establishment and use of sound engineering principles in order to obtain, economically, software that is reliable and works efficiently on real machines [Bauer, 1972]

18 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 18 Software Engineering: Definitions cost The process of creating software systems (using) techniques that reduce high software cost and complexity while increasing reliability and modifiability [Ramamoorthy and Siyan, 1983]

19 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 19 Software Engineering: Definitions The technological and managerial discipline concerned with systematic production and maintenance of software products that are developed on time and within cost estimates [Fairley, 1984]

20 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 20 Software Engineering: Definitions Software engineering: the application of the techniques and disciplines of engineering to the development of high- quality, large-scale software systems; includes controlled design, structured program methodology, productivity aids, and project management tools.  [Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology]

21 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 21 Software Engineering: Definitions software engineering “We consider software engineering as the application of mathematical techniques and rigorous engineering methods to software development. We also need to support synthesis of formal methods and heuristic approaches to engineering tasks, which ensures managerial support for the evaluation, comparison, analysis, evolution and improvement of resources. We need to use heuristic approaches where heuristics can be defined as reasonable/effective and supportive tool for decision making We need to use heuristic approaches where heuristics can be defined as reasonable/effective and supportive tool for decision making.” [Plekhanova, 1997]

22 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 22 Software Engineering: Definitions Software Engineering: Software Engineering: A systematic approach to the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of software. It usually involves the use of CASE tools. There are various models of the software life-cycle, and many methodologies for the different phases.

23 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 23 Keywords Reason: reliability, efficiency, high-quality, software/systems, reduce cost/time, increase productivity.

24 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 24 Keywords Application of methods/techniques/tools: the techniques and disciplines of engineering; mathematical techniques and rigorous engineering methods; synthesis/integration of formal methods and heuristic approaches to engineering tasks, CASE tools

25 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 25 Common factors to these definitions include Software Engineering is concerned with software systems built by teams rather than individuals Software Engineering is concerned with software systems built by teams rather than individuals. Engineering principles are used in the software development process. Software Engineering involves both technical and non-technical considerations.

26 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 26 Generic View of Software Engineering Engineering is the analysis, design, construction, verification, and management of technical (and social) entities.

27 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 27 Three generic ‘phases’ Three generic ‘phases’ [Pressman, R.S., 2000] : Definition phase - focus on ‘what’: Systems engineering; Project planning/scheduling; Requirements analysis.

28 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 28 Three generic ‘phases’: Development phase - focus on ‘how’: Software Design; Implementation (Code generation); Testing.

29 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 29 Three generic ‘phases’ Three generic ‘phases’: Maintenance phase - focus on change & modification: Correction; Adaptation; Enhancement; Prevention.

30 Lecture 1Valentina Plekhanova 30 Week 4: Project Control Session Project Control Session Tutorial Time: 10 minutes for each Team Tutorial Time: 10 minutes for each Team  Project Team will present project file: Schedule, any project documentation.  Students will describe where they are in the project and any problems encountered.  During the discussion reviewers will ask to see evidence of deliverables for any tasks that are complete to determine whether they have in fact been done.


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