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From Small to Gargantuan
July/August 2006 (vol. 23 no. 4)
pp. 14-15
Software development is ultimately an engineering activity, whose primary activity is to deliver executable artifacts in a manner that balances the forces on that system. The forces that swirl around a software-intensive system include not only its purely functional requirements but also a multitude of nonfunctional ones, such as reliability, portability, and scalability (often called a system's -ilities). Each of these forces is resolved systemically, meaning that no single part of a system can be responsible for responding to a force. Rather, the system as a whole, with its parts working in an architected union, must confront these forces. Indeed, the fact that these forces are dynamic and might change radically over a system's lifetime contributes to making software-intensive systems so complex.
Index Terms:
software development
Citation:
Grady Booch, "From Small to Gargantuan," IEEE Software, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 14-15, July-Aug. 2006, doi:10.1109/MS.2006.102
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