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To find out where software is headed, we took to the Internet, asking experts in academia and industry to share their vision as to the future of software. For this "virtual" roundtable, we've assembled a selection of responses, on topics ranging from object technology, networked computing, software engineering, parallel computing, and software design in the undergraduate curriculum. If the topics are varied, these experts' views on the future of software are not. We were struck by the polarization within the software community as a whole. Software is in the midst of a revolution or a crisis; software professionals seem wildly optimistic or extremely pessimistic. To people in industry, software is racing toward a bright future made possible by object-oriented technology and client-server computing. To academics, things are moving too slowly and in the wrong direction--incremental changes are being made to an installed base that is itself inherently flawed. Whether you're in academia or industry, you'll find these brief descriptions interesting and thought provoking.

P. Laplante et al., "Where Is Software Headed? A Virtual Roundtable," in Computer, vol. 28, no. , pp. 20-32, 1995.
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