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Future of Software Engineering (2007)
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May 23, 2007 to May 25, 2007
ISBN: 0-7695-2829-5
pp: 226-243
André van der Hoek , University of California, Irvine
Richard N. Taylor , University of California, Irvine
The design of software has been a focus of software engineering research since the field's beginning. This paper explores key aspects of this research focus and shows why design will remain a principal focus. The intrinsic elements of software design, both process and product, are discussed: concept formation, use of experience, and means for representation, reasoning, and directing the design activity. Design is presented as being an activity engaged by a wide range of stakeholders, acting throughout most of a system's lifecycle, making a set of key choices which constitute the application's architecture. Directions for design research are outlined, including: (a) drawing lessons, inspiration, and techniques from design fields outside of computer science, (b) emphasizing the design of application "character" (functionality and style) as well as the application's structure, and (c) expanding the notion of software to encompass the design of additional kinds of intangible complex artifacts.
André van der Hoek, Richard N. Taylor, "Software Design and Architecture The once and future focus of software engineering", Future of Software Engineering, vol. 00, no. , pp. 226-243, 2007, doi:10.1109/FOSE.2007.21
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