The Future of Software Engineering

January/February 2016

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This special issue offers a range of perspectives on software engineering's future from professionals working around the world in diverse areas of software. The content ranges from detailed technical articles about the research areas behind today's trends to shorter essays and opinion pieces from folks working to sharpen the focus of their own visions of that future. The Web extra at is an audio recording of Forrest Shull and Anita Carleton of the Software Engineering Institute and Rafael Prikladnicki of Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul talking about the authors, articles, and discussions that went into the IEEE Software January/February 2016 theme issue on the future of software engineering. Read full article »

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Four Thought Leaders on Where the Industry is Headed

Four Thought Leaders on Where the Industry is Headed

Four software engineering thought leaders discuss challenges for software engineers to keep their skill set current, and tout the promise of new technologies to advance our field. Read full article »

Looking into the Future

Looking into the Future

Discussions with business leaders indicate what will advance the software industry over the next 30 years but leave unaddressed whether we evolve to Humanity 2.0 or a posthuman society. Read full article »


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Of Boilers, Bit, and Bots
Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how parallels exist between the Industrial Revolution and our current computing revolution regarding risk, transparency, and responsibility.