Software Engineering Foundations: A Software Science Perspective

Yingxu Wang

August 9, 2007 by Auerbach Publications
Reference - 1488 Pages - 140 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849319310 - CAT# AU1931
Series: Software Engineering Series


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  • Covers theoretical and empirical foundations of software engineering
  • Provides a coherent framework of software engineering theories and methodologies
  • Includes in-depth information on alternative methodologies and approaches
  • Contains extensive references, real-world problems, and heuristics
  • Integrates the latest findings, new methodologies, and their applications
  • Presents a clear knowledge structure and a well-organized body of knowledge
  • Summary

    A groundbreaking book in this field, Software Engineering Foundations: A Software Science Perspective integrates the latest research, methodologies, and their applications into a unified theoretical framework. Based on the author's 30 years of experience, it examines a wide range of underlying theories from philosophy, cognitive informatics, denotational mathematics, system science, organization laws, and engineering economics. The book contains in-depth information, annotated references, real-world problems, heuristics, and research opportunities.

    Highlighting the inherent limitations of the historical programming-language-centered approach, the author explores an interdisciplinary approach to software engineering. He identifies fundamental cognitive, organizational, and resource constraints and the need for multi-faceted and transdisciplinary theories and empirical knowledge. He then synergizes theories, principles, and best practices of software engineering into a unified framework and delineates overarching, durable, and transdisciplinary theories as well as alternative solutions and open issues for further research. The book develops dozens of Wang's laws for software engineering and outlooks the emergence of software science.

    The author's rigorous treatment of the theoretical framework and his comprehensive coverage of complicated problems in software engineering lay a solid foundation for software theories and technologies. Comprehensive and written for all levels, the book explains a core set of fundamental principles, laws, and a unified theoretical framework.