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Software-Reliability Engineering: Technology for the 1990s
November/December 1990 (vol. 7 no. 6)
pp. 36-43

The author traces the US history of invention and technology transfer from the 1700s to the present and asks whether software development can stop being a process-centered cottage industry by the application of interchangeable parts technology. He maintains that a revolution is needed to accomplish this and outlines the steps of such a revolution. The author clarifies the meaning of object oriented, discusses the value rigidity trap, and provides a commercial example of the approach that he advocates.

Index Terms:
software engineering; reliability; operational needs; software-reliability engineering; customer satisfaction; life cycle; software reliability
Citation:
John D. Musa, William W. Everett, "Software-Reliability Engineering: Technology for the 1990s," IEEE Software, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 36-43, Nov.-Dec. 1990, doi:10.1109/52.60588
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