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Software engineering introduction


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Introduction to Software Engineering

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Software engineering introduction

  1. 1. Introduction Loganathan R Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 1
  2. 2. Objectives• Understand what software engineering is and its importance• Know the answers to key questions about software engineering• Understand ethical and professional issues that are important for software engineersProf. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 2
  3. 3. Software costs• Software costs often dominate computer system costs. The costs of software on a PC are often greater than the hardware cost.• Software costs more to maintain than it does to develop. For systems with a long life, maintenance costs may be several times development costs.• Software engineering is concerned with cost- effective software development. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 3
  4. 4. Software engineering• Software engineering is concerned with theories, methods and tools for professional software development.• First proposed in 1968 at a conference held to discuss ‘Software Crisis’• Informal software development is NOT enough for large & complex systems.• Developed effective methods of S/W Specification, Design & Implementation Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 4
  5. 5. FAQs about SE: 1.What is software?• Computer programs and associated documentation such as requirements, design models and user manuals.• Two fundamental types of software Products• Generic Products • Developed to be sold to a range of different customers e.g. PC software such as Excel or Word.• Customised or Bespoke Products • developed for a single customer according to their specification.• The difference is, for generic products the s/w specification is controlled by organisation(developed), for Customer products it is the buying organisation. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 5
  6. 6. FAQs about SE:2.What is software engineering? • Software engineering is an engineering discipline that is concerned with all aspects of software production. • Software engineers should adopt a systematic and organised approach to their work and use appropriate tools and techniques depending on the problem to be solved, the development constraints and the resources available. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 6
  7. 7. FAQs about SE:3.What is the difference between software engineering and computer science?• Computer Science is concerned with theory and fundamentals.• Software Engineering is concerned with the practicalities of developing and delivering useful software.• Computer Science theories are still insufficient(unlike Physics & Electrical) to act as a complete underpinning for software engineering (often use of ad hoc approaches). Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 7
  8. 8. FAQs about SE:4. What is the difference between software engineering and system engineering?• System engineering is concerned with all aspects of computer-based systems development including hardware, software and process engineering.• Software engineering is part of this process concerned with developing the software infrastructure, control, applications and databases in the system.• System engineers are involved in system specification, architectural design, integration and deployment. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 8
  9. 9. FAQs about SE: 5.What is a software process?• A set of activities and associated results that produce a software product.• Four common Fundamental process activities in all software processes are: • Specification - what the system should do and its development constraints. • Development - software system design and programming. • Validation - checking that the software is what the customer wants. • Evolution - changing the software in response to changing demands. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 9
  10. 10. FAQs about SE:6. What is a software process model? • A simplified representation of a software process, presented from a specific perspective(one’s view). • Examples of process perspectives are – Workflow Model (perspective )- Shows sequence of activities in the process with i/p, o/p and dependencies; – Data-flow or Activity Model(perspective) – represents a set activities, which carries out some data transformation(shows how i/p to the process(spec) is transformed to o/p(design). – Role/action model(perspective) – roles of the people & activities for which the are responsible(who does what). • Generic process models – Waterfall – above activities are represented as separate process phase as specification, design, implementation, testing and so on; – Iterative development – interleaves the activities of spec., development & validation; – Component-based software engineering(CBSE)-focuses on integrating existing parts . Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 10
  11. 11. FAQs about SE:7. What are the costs of software engineering? • Roughly 60% of costs are development costs, 40% are testing costs. For custom software, evolution costs often exceed development costs. • Costs vary depending on the type of system being developed and the requirements of system attributes such as performance and system reliability. • Distribution of costs depends on the development model that is used. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 11
  12. 12. Activity cost distribution Wat erfall model0 25 50 75 100 Specification Design Development Integ ration and testing It erative development0 25 50 75 1 00 Specification Iterative development System testing Component-based software eng ineering0 25 50 75 1 00 Specification Development Integ ration and testing Development and evolution costs for long-lifetime syst ems0 10 200 30 400 System development System evolution Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 12
  13. 13. Product development costs 0 25 50 75 100Specification Development System testing Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 13
  14. 14. FAQs about SE:8.What are software engineering methods? • Structured approach to software development(Quality in a Cost effective way) which include system models, notations, rules, design advice and process guidance. • Methods  Structured Analysis(Function Oriented)(1970)  Object Oriented(1980s&1990s)  UML(integrated into single approach) • Components used in these methods: • Model descriptions • Descriptions of graphical models which should be produced; • Rules • Constraints applied to system models; • Recommendations • Advice on good design practice; • Process guidance • What activities to follow. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 14
  15. 15. FAQs about SE: 9. What is CASE?• Computer-Aided Software Engineering.• Software systems that are intended to provide automated support for software process activities(requirement analysis, system modelling ,testing & debugging).• CASE systems are often used for method support. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 15
  16. 16. FAQs about SE:10. What are the attributes of good software? • The software should deliver the required functionality and performance to the user and should be maintainable, dependable and acceptable. • Maintainability – Software must evolve to meet changing needs of customer; • Dependability – Software must be trustworthy(reliability, security & safety) ; • Efficiency – Software should not make wasteful use of system resources(memory/CPU); • Acceptability – Software must accepted by the users for which it was designed. This means it must be understandable, usable and compatible with other systems. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 16
  17. 17. FAQs about SE:11.What are the key challenges facing software engineering? • Heterogeneity, delivery and trust. • Heterogeneity Challenge – Developing techniques for building software that can cope with heterogeneous platforms and execution environments(Distributed systems); • Delivery Challenge – Developing techniques that lead to faster delivery of large and complex systems without compromising quality; • Trust Challenge – Developing techniques that demonstrate that software can be trusted by its users. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 17
  18. 18. Professional and ethical responsibility• Software engineering involves wider responsibilities than simply the application of technical skills.• Software engineers must behave in an honest and ethically responsible way if they are to be respected as professionals.• Ethical behaviour is more than simply upholding the law. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 18
  19. 19. Issues of professional responsibility• Confidentiality – Engineers should normally respect the confidentiality of their employers or clients irrespective of whether or not a formal confidentiality agreement has been signed.• Competence – Engineers should not misrepresent their level of competence. They should not knowingly accept work which is outwith their competence. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 19
  20. 20. Issues of professional responsibility• Intellectual property rights – Engineers should be aware of local laws governing the use of intellectual property such as patents, copyright, etc. They should be careful to ensure that the intellectual property of employers and clients is protected.• Computer misuse – Software engineers should not use their technical skills to misuse other people’s computers. Computer misuse ranges from relatively trivial (game playing) to extremely serious (dissemination of viruses). Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 20
  21. 21. ACM/IEEE Code of Ethics• The professional societies in the US have cooperated to produce a code of ethical practice.• Members of these organisations sign up to the code of practice when they join.• The Code contains EIGHT Principles related to the behaviour of and decisions made by professional software engineers, including practitioners, educators, managers, supervisors and policy makers, as well as trainees and students of the profession. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 21
  22. 22. Code of ethics - principles• PUBLIC – Software engineers shall act consistently with the public interest.• CLIENT AND EMPLOYER – Software engineers shall act in a manner that is in the best interests of their client and employer consistent with the public interest.• PRODUCT – Software engineers shall ensure that their products and related modifications meet the highest professional standards possible. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 22
  23. 23. Code of ethics - principles• JUDGMENT – Software engineers shall maintain integrity and independence in their professional judgment.• MANAGEMENT – Software engineering managers and leaders shall subscribe to and promote an ethical approach to the management of software development and maintenance.• PROFESSION – Software engineers shall advance the integrity and reputation of the profession consistent with the public interest. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 23
  24. 24. Code of ethics - principles• COLLEAGUES – Software engineers shall be fair to and supportive of their colleagues.• SELF – Software engineers shall participate in lifelong learning regarding the practice of their profession and shall promote an ethical approach to the practice of the profession. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 24
  25. 25. Ethical dilemmas• Disagreement in principle with the policies of senior management.• Your employer acts in an unethical way and releases a safety-critical system without finishing the testing of the system.• Participation in the development of military weapons systems or nuclear systems. Prof. R. Loganathan, CSE, HKBKCE 25