Software Engineering: A New Professionalism

  • Colin Myers
  • Tracy Hall
  • Dave Pitt

Abstract

Computing is at a stage in its development that engineering was at in the United States 80 years ago. It is at that point where it can decide to become a “profession” or remain merely a profitable occupation. This is a significant decision for computer practitioners and for society at large. Many conceptual muddles have to be avoided or cleared up before making this decision. I believe one such muddle has to do with the concept of a professional as it is related to Software Engineering. I argue that the traditional concept of professionalism is not appropriate for Software Engineering. There is a newer, more appropriate meaning of profession which is currently achievable by software engineers and will move Software Engineering in a positive direction. The evidence for my argument is drawn from three computing societies’ developing codes of ethics, conduct and practice. These codes indicate an awareness that a different sense of professionalism is required for Software Engineering to be a profession.

Keywords

Transportation Income Syringe Stake 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Myers
    • 1
  • Tracy Hall
    • 1
  • Dave Pitt
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computer Science and Information Systems EngineeringUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK
  2. 2.Worldwide Information SystemsNCRLondonUK

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