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I have been looking for some formal definitons but could not find any IEEE newer than 610, which is from 1990. Could you help me please?

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standards.ieee.org/findstds/standard/610-1990.html - withdrawn standard. According to the tooltip there, that means both that it's not really a standard anymore, and that there is no superseding document. –  Mat Sep 2 '12 at 12:59
I'm not sure why this question was being downvoted. On the surface, it seems like a normal resource request. However, searching for things like "software engineering glossary" or "software engineering dictionary" bring up references to the withdrawn IEEE Std 610-1990 or to the work of individual people that can't necessarily be considered canonical (and sometimes even disagree). Since it doesn't appear to be easy to use a search engine to find the answer, I don't see how this is a bad question. –  Thomas Owens Sep 2 '12 at 13:18
Thank you. I have seen on the IEEE website that you can buy an access to that glossary of terms. And its pretty expensive –  user970696 Sep 2 '12 at 13:22

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Like Mat says in his comment, IEEE Standard 610-1990 has been withdrawn (effective April 20, 2001), which means that it is no longer maintained and the information may be obsolete or erroneous.

Although it's more than just a glossary of terms, the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (free HTML format, paid PDF and dead-tree format) typically provides formal definitions for terms that relate to each knowledge area that come from widely accepted publications. However, this document does cite IEEE 610-1990 for some definitions. I would assume that even though 610-1990 might contain obsolete information, the selected definitions that come from this document are still valid (especially considering the final publication of the SWEBOK was 3 years about 610-1990 was withdrawn, which is sufficient time to update anything that could be considered obsolete).

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Thomas is not answering the question well, so I thought I'd add my $0.02

Yes, there is a better "IEEE glossary" than IEEE 610. It's called Software and Systems Engineering Vocabulary, it's free, and you can access it at: http://pascal.computer.org/sev_display/index.action

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