Software Engineering Practices in the UK
A recurring theme within software development has been the problem of poor quality software. This problem has underpinned a “software crisis” that has lasted since the early 1960s, and which led to the term “Software Engineering” being introduced in 1968 at a NATO conference held to discuss the problems in software product, delivery and quality [Naur69]. The concept of Software Engineering was originally intended to provide a provocative theme, but it has evolved over the last 25 years into a technological discipline of considerable importance especially within academic institutions. However, there are still major problems within the computing industry and the need for the adoption of truly professional approaches has never been greater.
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