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Software engineering is the application of principles used in the field of engineering, which usually deals with physical systems, to the design, development, testing, deployment and management of software systems.

The field of software engineering applies the disciplined, structured approach to programming that is used in engineering to software development with the stated goal of improving the quality, time and budget efficiency, along with the assurance of structured testing and engineer certification.

Software engineering is typically used for large and intricate software systems rather than single applications or programs. Development, however, is simply one phase of the process. While a software engineer is typically responsible for the design of systems, programmers are often responsible for coding its implementation.

Software engineering can be divided into sub-disciplines. Some of them are:

  • Software requirements (or Requirements engineering): The elicitation, analysis, specification and validation of requirements for software.
  • Software design: The process of defining the architecture, components, interfaces, and other characteristics of a system or component. It is also defined as the result of that process.
  • Software construction: The detailed creation of working, meaningful software through a combination of programming (aka coding), verification, unit testing, integration testing, and debugging.
  • Software testing: An empirical, technical investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with information about the quality of the product or service under test.
  • Software maintenance: The totality of activities required to provide cost-effective support to software.
  • Software configuration management: The identification of the configuration of a system at distinct points in time for the purpose of systematically controlling changes to the configuration, and maintaining the integrity and traceability of the configuration throughout the system life cycle. Modern processes use software versioning.
  • Software engineering management: The application of management activities –planning, coordinating, measuring, monitoring, controlling and reporting — to ensure that the development and maintenance of software is systematic, disciplined and quantified.

Software engineering applications are practically unlimited. In fact, software engineering has grown so fast in the last several decades that it has become tightly connected with all other areas of computer science such as artificial intelligence (AI), parallel processing, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, database management systems and many others as well as with some areas outside the traditional computer domain (such as cognitive sciences and visual arts).

Characteristics of a good software engineer include determination, efficient time management, being open-minded, independent, creative, having nerves of steel and staying current.

Software Engineering Training By Tonex

Staying current is something Tonex can help with through its Software Engineering Training Bootcamp, a 3-day intensive course covering many areas of software engineering including Software Requirements, Definition, Development, Validation and management training.

Course learning objectives include participants being able to:

  • Understand software requirements, values and principles
  • Describe basic software engineering principles
  • Discuss steps in developing Software Requirements Specifications (SRS)
  • List steps in developing software performance measurement, metrics and KPIs
  • Discuss software validation principles based on user needs, scenarios and ConOps
  • List the competing methods for software requirements and definitions
  • Understand best methods and practices common to software development and management

The class is designed for software developers, software engineers, system engineers, test engineers, project managers, testing, verification & validation and configuration project managers.

Related available courses include the 4-day Software Engineering Training – Crash Course, the 2-day Introduction to Secure Software Engineering Training and the 3-day Software Reliability Engineering Training.

Why Choose Tonex?

So far we have helped over 20,000 developers in over 50 countries stay up to date with cutting edge information from our training categories.

–Ratings tabulated from student feedback post-course evaluations show an amazing 98 percent satisfaction score.

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