IT323 – Software Engineering 2

Software Design and

Alvin R. Malicdem

What is Software?

Software is: (1) instructions (computer
programs) that when executed provide
desired features, function, and performance;
(2) data structures that enable the programs
to adequately manipulate information and
(3) documentation that describes the
operation and use of the programs.


it is not manufactured in the classical sense.What is Software? ■ Software is developed or engineered. 3 . most software continues to be custom-built." ■ Although the industry is moving toward component-based construction. ■ Software doesn't "wear out.

Wear vs. Deterioration 4 .

Software Applications ■ system software ■ application software ■ engineering/scientific software ■ embedded software ■ product-line software ■ WebApps (Web applications) ■ AI software 5 .

distributed computing ■ Ubiquitous computing—wireless networks ■ Netsourcing—the Web as a computing engine ■ Open source—”free” source code open to the computing community (a blessing. but also a potential curse!) ■ Also … – Data mining – Grid computing – Cognitive machines – Software for nanotechnologies 6 .Software—New Categories ■ Open world computing—pervasive.

– software must be re-architected to make it viable within a network environment. – software must be extended to make it interoperable with other more modern systems or databases. – software must be enhanced to implement new business requirements.Legacy Software Why must it change? – software must be adapted to meet the needs of new computing environments or technology. 7 .

Each module might have been created by different people at different times. Mostly. 11 . and is actually a mixture of several different software modules working together. using different programming languages.tware Design Modern software performs complex tasks. and so on for several levels. this complexity is hierarchical: the software modules themselves consists of software submodules.

10 .Software Engineering ■ Some realities: – a concerted effort should be made to understand the problem before a software solution is developed – design becomes a pivotal activity – software should exhibit high quality – software should be maintainable ■ The seminal definition: – [Software engineering is] the establishment and use of sound engineering principles in order to obtain economically software that is reliable and works efficiently on real machines.

Software Engineering ■ The IEEE definition: – Software Engineering: (1) The application of a systematic. and maintenance of software. that is. 11 . disciplined. (2) The study of approaches as in (1). operation. quantifiable approach to the development. the application of engineering to software.

d practices ■ In order to ensure that complex software is well-designed and well-behaved. Software engineering consists of the following set of disciplines. good software engineering practices must be put in place. 11 .

and validation of requirements for software. • Software design: The design of software is usually done with Computer-Aided Software Engi. • Software development: The construction of software through the use of programming languages.neering (CASE) tools and use standards for the format. analysis. specification. such as the Unified Modeling Language (UML).od practices • Software requirements: The elicitation. 11 .

their configuration (such as versioning and source control) have to be managed in a standardized and structured method. 11 . This subfield deals with those problems. • Software configuration management: Since software systems are very complex.practices • Software testing • Software maintenance: Software systems often have problems and need enhancements for a long time after they are first completed.

but there are nuances encountered in software not seen in other management disciplines. • Software quality: verification and validation of software.d practices • Software engineering management: The management of software systems borrows heavily from project management. 11 .

A Layered Technology tools methods process model a “quality” focus Software Engineering 12 .

A Process Framework Process framework Framework activities work tasks work products milestones & deliverables QA checkpoints Umbrella Activities 13 .

Framework Activities ■ Communication ■ Planning ■ Modeling – Analysis of requirements – Design ■ Construction – Code generation – Testing ■ Deployment 14 .

Umbrella Activities ■ Software project management ■ Formal technical reviews ■ Software quality assurance ■ Software configuration management ■ Work product preparation and production ■ Reusability management ■ Measurement ■ Risk management 15 .

Examine the result for accuracy (testing and quality assurance). 2. Plan a solution (modeling and software design). 3. Carry out the plan (code generation). Understand the problem (communication and analysis). 4.The Essence of Practice ■ Polya suggests: 1. 17 .

and features are required to properly solve the problem? ■ Can the problem be compartmentalized? Is it possible to represent smaller problems that may be easier to understand? ■ Can the problem be represented graphically? Can an analysis model be created? 18 . who are the stakeholders? ■ What are the unknowns? What data. functions.Understand the Problem ■ Who has a stake in the solution to the problem? That is.

are solutions readily apparent for the subproblems? ■ Can you represent a solution in a manner that leads to effective implementation? Can a design model be created? 19 . and features that are required? ■ Has a similar problem been solved? If so.n the Solution ■ Have you seen similar problems before? Are there patterns that are recognizable in a potential solution? Is there existing software that implements the data. are elements of the solution reusable? ■ Can subproblems be defined? If so. functions.

or better.y Out the Plan ■ Does the solution conform to the plan? Is source code traceable to the design model? ■ Is each component part of the solution provably correct? Has the design and code been reviewed. have correctness proofs been applied to algorithm? 20 .

functions.mine the Result ■ Is it possible to test each component part of the solution? Has a reasonable testing strategy been implemented? ■ Does the solution produce results that conform to the data. and features that are required? Has the software been validated against all stakeholder requirements? 21 .

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