The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering

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Addison-Wesley, 21 нояб. 2013 г. - Всего страниц: 496

“Capers Jones has accumulated the most comprehensive data on every aspect of software engineering, and has performed the most scientific analysis on this data. Now, Capers performs yet another invaluable service to our industry, by documenting, for the first time, its long and fascinating history. Capers’ new book is a must-read for every software engineering student and information technology professional.”

— From the Foreword by Tony Salvaggio, CEO and president, Computer Aid, Inc.

Software engineering is one of the world’s most exciting and important fields. Now, pioneering practitioner Capers Jones has written the definitive history of this world-changing industry. Drawing on several decades as a leading researcher and innovator, he illuminates the field’s broad sweep of progress and its many eras of invention. He assesses the immense impact of software engineering on society, and previews its even more remarkable future. Decade by decade, Jones examines trends, companies, winners, losers, new technologies, productivity/quality issues, methods, tools, languages, risks, and more. He reviews key inventions, estimates industry growth, and addresses “mysteries” such as why programming languages gain and lose popularity. Inspired by Paul Starr’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Social Transformation of American Medicine, Jones’ new book is a tour de force—and compelling reading for everyone who wants to understand how software became what it is today.


• The human need to compute: from ancient times to the modern era

• Foundations of computing: Alan Turing, Konrad Zuse, and World War II

• Big business, big defense, big systems: IBM, mainframes, and COBOL

• A concise history of minicomputers and microcomputers: the birth of Apple and Microsoft

• The PC era: DOS, Windows, and the rise of commercial software

• Innovations in writing and managing code: structured development, objects, agile, and more

• The birth and explosion of the Internet and the World Wide Web

• The growing challenges of legacy system maintenance and support

• Emerging innovations, from wearables to intelligent agents to quantum computing

• Cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and large-scale software failure


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Prelude Computing from Ancient Times to the Modern Era
1930 to 1939 The Foundations of Digital Computing
1940 to 1949 Computing During World War II and the Postwar Era
1950 to 1959 Starting the Ascent of Digital Computers and Software
1960 to 1969 The Rise of Business Computers and Business Software
1970 to 1979 Computers and Software Begin Creating Wealth
1980 to 1989 The Rise of Personal Computers and Personal Software
1990 to 1999 Expansion of the World Wide Web and the Rise of DotComs
2000 to 2009 The Rise of Social Networks and Economic Crises
2010 to 2019 Clouds Crowds Blogs Big Data and Predictive Analytics
Modern Software Problems
A Brief History of Cybercrime and Cyberwarfare
Annotated Bibliography and References
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Capers Jones is cofounder, vice president, and chief technology officer of Namcook Analytics LLC. Before founding Namcook Analytics LLC in 2011, he was the president of Capers Jones & Associates LLC from 2000 through 2011. He is also the founder and former chairman of Software Productivity Research LLC (SPR).

Before founding SPR, Capers was assistant director of Programming Technology for the ITT Corporation at the Programming Technology Center in Stratford, Connecticut. He created the first software measurement program at ITT. Capers Jones was also a manager and software researcher at IBM in California, where he designed IBM’s first software cost estimating tools in 1973 and 1974.

In total, Capers Jones has designed seven proprietary software estimation tools and four commercial software estimation tools. He has also published a total of fifteen books on software engineering and software management topics, including, with Olivier Bonsignour, The Economics of Software Quality (Addison-Wesley, 2011).

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