Concise Guide to Software Engineering

From Fundamentals to Application Methods

  • Gerard O'Regan

Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)

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About this book


This essential textbook presents a concise introduction to the fundamental principles of software engineering, together with practical guidance on how to apply the theory in a real-world, industrial environment. The wide-ranging coverage encompasses all areas of software design, management, and quality.

Topics and features:

  • Presents a broad overview of software engineering, including software lifecycles and phases in software development, and project management for software engineering
  • Examines the areas of requirements engineering, software configuration management, software inspections, software testing, software quality assurance, and process quality
  • Covers topics on software metrics and problem solving, software reliability and dependability, and software design and development, including Agile approaches
  • Explains formal methods, a set of mathematical techniques to specify and derive a program from its specification, introducing the Z specification language
  • Discusses software process improvement, describing the CMMI model, and introduces UML, a visual modelling language for software systems
  • Reviews a range of tools to support various activities in software engineering, and offers advice on the selection and management of a software supplier
  • Describes such innovations in the field of software as distributed systems, service-oriented architecture, software as a service, cloud computing, and embedded systems
  • Includes key learning topics, summaries and review questions in each chapter, together with a useful glossary

This practical and easy-to-follow textbook/reference is ideal for computer science students seeking to learn how to build high quality and reliable software on time and on budget. The text also serves as a self-study primer for software engineers, quality professionals, and software managers.


Software management Project management Requirements analysis Software engineering Reliability and testing

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerard O'Regan
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  1. 1.SQC ConsultingCorkIreland

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