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Software Engineering: Principles and Practice [Paperback]

Hans van Vliet
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Book Description

June 9 2008 0470031468 978-0470031469 3
In-depth coverage of the latest advances in software engineering

Aimed at defining inherent problems and providing appropriate solutions when constructing large software systems, the study of software engineering is an essential practice in order to create and maintain successful software development. This new edition shows you how to appreciate the issues, design trade-offs, and teamwork required for successful software development. With a special emphasis placed on the managerial aspects and human factors involved in software projects, this book reflects the changes taking place within software engineering and includes a major update on architecture and the increasingly hybrid character of software engineering.

  • Offers comprehensive coverage of the fundamentals of software engineering as well as revised and updated text on the latest advances in the field, including agile methods, open source, and UML2
  • Incorporates discussion of commercial off-the-shelf products and open source
  • Examines the impact of lightweight versus heavyweight methods, paying particular attention to agile approaches
  • Addresses the globalization of software development and the impact of the Web

This new edition is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in software development and maintenance.

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"...novices and those who simply feel unclear about the big picture in software engineering should definitely put an order in for this book straight away" -- Application Development Adviser, December 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Software Engineering: Principles and Practice challenges the reader to appreciate the issues, design trade-offs and teamwork required for successful software development. This new edition has been brought fully up to date, with complete coverage of all aspects of the software lifecycle and a strong focus on all the skills needed to carry out software projects on time and within budget. Highlights of the third edition include:
  • Fully updated chapters on requirements engineering and software architecture.
  • New chapters on component-based software engineering, service orientation and global software development.
  • Extensive coverage of the human and social aspects of software development.
  • Balanced coverage of both traditional, heavyweight development and agile, lightweight development approaches such as Extreme Programming (XP).

Written to support both introductory and advanced software engineering courses, this book is invaluable for everyone in software development and maintenance who wants an accessible account of the problems incurred in large-scale software development and the proposed solutions. A companion website with additional resources for students and instructors can be found at vliet

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied! Oct. 4 2010
The book arrived right on time and was in great condition. Very thankful for this fast shipping and great price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ... and Practice??? Aug. 9 2003
Part of my work involves managing software projects, and leading teams of programmers and software engineers. I recently started my private holy grail search: I NEED to find a book that would advance my subordinates from programmers to leaders; from code-writers to application-makers. For this purpose, during the past year I have read many books - mostly software engineering ones.
As most SW engineers in my teams are university graduates, they already possess some theoretical knowledge in software enginering. What they lack is the know-how of translating theory into practice. Such wisdom is normally obtained after years and years of work (if at all). A good book enabling the engineer to climb faster up the learning curve and shorten this learning period would be invaluable to me.
Most SW engineering books teach theory, not practice. Thus, I approached this book named "Software Engineering: Principles AND PRACTICE " with great expectations. In short - I was very disappointed.
Not that it's a bad book. It is well written, and the theoretical part may serve well as a textbook, probably even aiding students to pass their SW engineering 101 course. However, I found the practical part of the book very lacking: No real tips. No real insights. Nothing really bright here. Definitely not something that would help somebody write better applications, produce high quality products on time, and eventually advance his/her career. NOT WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what i was looking for March 1 2006
By G. Schimmerling - Published on
Having to teach on a new lab course on Software Engineering, i desperately looked for a book that helps me organize the topics i have to teach. Since i have a programming background , i was not so interested in the implementation part, but wanted to know more on the other aspects of the development : designing,testing,maintaining,assesing quality.This book made me look no further. It is a comprehensive book that covers all these aspects, and the case study that it contains it is not too complicated so it can capture the attention of an average student in a SW undergraduate course. In solving this case study the author does not bind himself to a single solution, but proposes and evaluates different architectures.From an educational point of view it is a good textbook
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for reference April 28 2009
By Richard Trinh - Published on
Software Engineering Principles and Practice by Hans van Vliet is a good textbook which delves into the WHAT of software development, and takes a user through the normal Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) from requirements gathering to deployment in a production environment. And like good software, each chapter is loosely coupled allowing the reader to get more information on the topic of interest.

This book however does not go into details on the HOW, and was left me a little unsatisfied on best practices, and how to improve my skills as a software engineer.

This book is great for students as well as professionals involved in Software Engineering. It gives students an overview of what to expect in a software shop, but is more of a reference book for professionals to give a little further insight into the different aspects of the SDLC.
4.0 out of 5 stars Book of buzzwords that might just help you Oct. 19 2013
By Rob R. - Published on
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If you're a real dev, you'll probably find this book pretty boring. And since you're probably buying this for a class that you're taking, that will probably be boring too. However, you should try to learn some things from this book. It's full of buzzwords and concepts that you use in any decent real world software development job. Agile development is how things get done today, and understanding this before your first interview is rather important. It is still no replacement for your first experience with agile process, but it is great to know what to expect and how to speak to it when you meet people. Good luck, and don't fall asleep in the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Information-packed Oct. 28 2011
By Raf - Published on
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Pros: This book has it all if you're looking for a comprehensive collection of information when it comes to software engineering. Very practical book if you're looking to go into the software engineering world.

Cons: the reading can be very, very dry at times.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well documented and concise book July 27 2011
By Arthur Ronald F D Garcia - Published on
It covers in-depth software engineering from software lifecycle to management. I bought Vliet's software engineering - principles and practices -, Braude and Bernstein' software engineering - modern approaches -, and Sommerville's software engineering. All of them have their ins and outs but i think Vliet's covers software engineering in a consistent and straightforward manner. It is a must-have if you want to become a software engineer.
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