Software engineering (SE) is the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the design, development, operation, and maintenance of software, and the study of these approaches; that is, the application of engineering to software.

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How can I encourage people to read error messages? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there are some good ways to encourage people to read error messages when the compilation fails. People (especially) the junior ones usually ignore the error messages and just ask ...
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My class diagram needs to model a relationship with varying quantities

I am trying to design a restaurant ordering system in UML, which should also include the stock system. One of the classes is a Dish (i.e. a dish on the menu), and another is an Ingredient. My ...
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Showing the structure of the program (menu) as a tree - does it a have name?

In my thesis, I want to show the structure of the program, like this: > Menu --- Settings ---- Audio ---- ... > ---- Video > > --- Perform ---- Calculation ...
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What diagram would be the best to describe the situation

I am working on a software integrated with the hardware component. I need to create a simple diagram to express that: Certain activity runs in a cycle (the device continously monitor a temperature) ...
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Architecture driven by users, or by actions/content?

I have a question about designing MVC app architecture. Let's say our application has three main categories of views (items of type 1, items of type 2...). And we have three (or more in future) ...
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Why is Software Development so far from being an engineering discipline? [closed]

I'm a strong advocate for Software Engineering, but even I must admit that we do not have many of the same tools, priniciples, and laws as other engineering disciplines. Why is this? And, what ...
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Do we do white box testing on methods or on an overall program? [duplicate]

I am very confused about white box testing. A simplified version of the example: the entire system consists of three methods - methodA(), methodB(), methodC(). The program starts from methodA(), and ...
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Programmer Timeliness vs Effort [closed]

The engineering team I am on has a very laid back approach to work hours. People come in at 6am and at 11am, and work until things are done when necessary. Engineers will routinely work very late, on ...
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Is it a good idea to develop website that only has little access to DB? CRUD will be done by calling API provided by separate internal backend system

I'm going to start developing an application in near future. This application consists of : Back-end system. This system provides API to be used by client. This system connects to data store and ...
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Can someone explain the V Model process? Why is it different than the Waterfall model?

It seems the V Model is just the Waterfall Model with the bottom half of the Waterfall bent upwards to form a V. I don't see how it adds anything new. From the diagrams, I also don't understand the ...
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Calculate transfer time while accounting for loss of conductivity and speed over circuits [closed]

So based on my limited understand of how computers work I derived the following question. As you transfer things over circuits the circuits heat up. As they heat up they lose conductivity and ...
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Where should UI errors be generated and printed from? Log errors?

Function A() calls B() calls C(), which encounters an error. Which function writes to the log and which function reports to the user? My first inclination is that all functions should write to the ...
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How can I apply Readme Driven Development to an ongoing project?

I'm assigned to a project where the goal is to update an existing software. This software was developed in a totally ad hoc manner, which means that any documentation generated is outdated, confused ...
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Why software engineering = programming? [duplicate]

I live in South America, and here the translation for "Software Engineering" is a knowledge for the SWEBOK (Software Engineering Body of Knowledge) subjects, such as: Requirements, Development ...
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Exploratory Development vs Incremental Development

In Software Engineering Methodologies... The Evolutionary Development contains Exploratory & Prototyping... Is Exploratory Development same as Incremental Development... What do you mean by ...
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Extreme Programming practices make an application more error prone? [closed]

I am conducting academic research on the topic of Extreme Programming and whether its practices lead to creating space for more errors and bugs in applications. From the experiences I gathered from ...
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What is a Developer in Test?

I was recently talking with a recruiter who wants to put me at a company for a position of Developer in Test. He essentially made it sound like a position where you get to fiddle with new programming ...
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Web developer to software engineer [closed]

I'm currently a web developer building web apps in PHP and Javascript. I really enjoy the programming aspect more so than the front end design side of things. I would to like to start to focus my ...
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Is memory management in programming becoming an irrelevant concern?

Background I revisited an old (but great) site I had not been to for ages - the Alioth Language Shootout (http://benchmarksgame.alioth.debian.org/). I started out programming in C/C++ several years ...
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Programming vs Engineering [closed]

I am in high school at the moment and soon reaching stages where I would have to make choices. To introduce, I love programming. I had started learning programming a year ago and have some experience ...
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Are there any empirical studies about the effects of commenting source code on software quality, maintainability and developer productivity? [closed]

I am an advocate of commenting on source code and documenting software products. It is my personal experience and observation that working on source code that is rigorously commented has helped me in ...
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what is the name of the model for the describing strategy between R&D and Professional Services

Is there a model that describes the different strategies that a company may use where the organisation is split into an engineering division and a professional services division? This is the sort of ...
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requirements for software quality for internally developed / shared software?

In environments where software is built internally by one team and then that software is used by other internal teams, how does one decide what the required quality should be for the produced ...
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Problem Understanding the IEEE definition of Software Engineering

Background Software engineering is the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the design, development, operation, and maintenance of software, and the study of these ...
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Is there a correlation between the type of a company/industry and the software engineering rigor?

I would like the answer to explain what impact, if any, does the type of company/industry have on the rigor, depth and breadth with which software engineering is practiced. The best would be some ...
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Which industries use the most high-quality, measurable, reliable approach to software? [closed]

What sections of the software industry (i.e. healthcare, aerospace, games, etc) are most likely to practice software engineering with the engineering rigor + depth and breadth defined in the SWEBOK?
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How to manage and estimate unstructured requirements received from customers

A lot of the times during the bidding phase of a project I receive a software system's requirements from our potential customers in a very unstructured format from various sources [email, word ...
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How do tight timelines and scheduling pressure affect TCO and delivery time?

A friend's father, who is a software engineering manager, said, emphatically, "The number one cause of scheduling overruns is scheduling pressure." Where does the research stand? Is a moderate amount ...
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How best to keep bumbling, non-technical managers at bay and still deliver good work? [closed]

This question may be considered subjective (I got a warning) and be closed, but I will risk it, as I need some good advice/experience on this. I read the following at the 'About' page of Fog Creek ...
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Empirical evidence for choice of programming paradigm to address a problem

The C2 wiki has a discussion of Empirical Evidence for Object-Oriented Programming that basically concludes there is none beyond appeal to authority. This was last edited in 2008. Discussion here ...
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How to gain personal practice at heavyweight development methodologies?

I'm in a new job where the project needs to meet strict quality standards, be heavily documented, managed in great detail, UML diagrams, and all those things that are opposite of "cowboy coding" where ...
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A software design pattern to model runtime-dependent behavior

In a interview I was asked, Suppose we are going to create a software that runs on both desktop machines and smartphones. Name a software design pattern that could be used to enable the application ...
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How would you explain that software engineering is more specialized than other engineering fields? [closed]

I work with someone who insists that any good software engineer can develop in any software technology, and experience in a particular technology doesn't matter to building good software. His analogy ...
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Do software developers know what engineers actually do? [closed]

Software development is often contrasted with the traditional branches of engineering, most commonly civil or mechanical engineering. For example: "Software development isn't like engineering, it's ...