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Software development is increasingly an "acquire and glue" process. How do you know when you can trust a COTS component to do what you expect it to in your system? Software certification is one viable answer. If our industry doesn't act soon to police itself, governments might step in to fill that void.

Citation:
Jeffrey Voas, "Guest Editor's Introduction: Certification-Reducing the Hidden Costs of Poor Quality," IEEE Software, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 22-25, July-Aug. 1999, doi:10.1109/MS.1999.776944
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