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A Brief History of Software Technology
November/December 2008 (vol. 25 no. 6)
pp. 22-25
Christof Ebert, Vector Consulting Services
To mark IEEE Software's 25th anniversary, Software Technology column editor Christof Ebert presents a review and road map of major software technologies, starting with the magazine's inauguration, 1984. Learning from the many hypes and often long introduction cycles, he provides some timeless principles of technology evaluation and introduction.

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2. B. Boehm, "A View of 20th and 21st Century Software Engineering," Proc. 28th Int'l Conf. Software Eng. (ICSE 06), ACM Press, 2006, pp. 12–29.
3. M. Shaw, "Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software," IEEE Software, vol. 7, no. 6, 1990, pp. 15–24.
4. G. Hamel, Leading the Revolution, Harvard Business School Press, 2000.
5. C. Ebert and R. Dumke, Software Measurement, Springer, 2007.
6. H. Krasner, "Bottlenecks in the Transfer of Engineering Technology," Proc. 28th Ann. Hawaii Int'l Conf. Systems Sciences, IEEE CS Press, 1995, pp. 635–641.
7. Gartner Hype Cycles, Gartner Group, 2008; www.gartner.com/it/products/hchc.jsp.

Index Terms:
software technology, technology maturation, trends, software history
Citation:
Christof Ebert, "A Brief History of Software Technology," IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 22-25, Nov.-Dec. 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.141
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