The Role of the Software Engineer

  • David J. Smith
  • Kenneth B. Wood


The development of the computer industry over the last 30 years has been both rapid and characterised by change. In the Preface the major changes were summarised and this book has dealt with the effects of the new techniques involved. One factor that has remained almost constant, however, is the industry’s reliance on the computer programmer. This reliance stems from the fact that computers are of no use without programs, or sequences of instructions, to execute. Thus, the programmer has found himself at the centre of the stage and, more often than not, is criticised for the frequent delays encountered during software development. A question worth raising is ‘Is the programmer to blame?’


Software Engineer Computer Programmer High Level Language Machine Code Computer Industry 
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© Elsevier Science Publishers Ltd 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Smith
    • 1
  • Kenneth B. Wood
    • 2
  1. 1.Tonbridge, KentUK
  2. 2.Fleet, HampshireUK

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