Software Engineering

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By Kassem A. Saleh
Hardcover, 7.5 x 9.25, 358 pages
ISBN: 978-1-932159-94-3
August 2009


Software engineering from a project point of view embarks on software products that are both feasible technically and financially. Moreover, software projects must be completed on time and within budgets and are important challenges to software engineers. Research has shown that one-third of software projects are never completed, another third do not fulfill their promises.

Software Engineering provides the software engineering fundamentals, principles and skills needed to develop and maintain high quality software products. The software engineering processes and techniques covered include requirements specification, design, implementation, testing and management of software projects. This up-to-date book is modeled on the recommendations and guidelines prescribed in the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) published by the IEEE Computer Society, and the Software Engineering Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Software Engineering published by the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery Joint Task Force on Computing Curricula.

At the end of each chapter, the reader will be able to perform tangible software engineering tasks by applying the learned techniques and methods, will be familiar with the terminology, the principles by mastering the subjects, and will be able to analyze existing task deliverables, compare and critique the different techniques. The book is designed as a text for an undergraduate first course in software engineering and graduate bridging courses in information technology. In addition, Software Engineering can be used by practitioners who need to refresh their knowledge with the latest in software engineering techniques and processes. The prerequisite to use this text is to have a background in an object-oriented programming language.

Key Features

  • Covers the critical and significant topic of software maintenance
  • Follows the recommendations and guidelines prescribed in the Guide to SWEBOK
  • Clarifies the material in a concrete way by solving carefully selected examples
  • Offers practical coverage of the Unified Modeling Language (UML 2)
  • Provides suggested readings to supplement the text
  • Includes end-of-chapter problems and solutions to selected problems
  • Features instructor’s material available via the WAV section of the publisher’s website at

About the author(s)

Kassem A. Saleh, Ph.D. is currently Professor of Information Sciences at Kuwait University. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa in Canada. Professor Saleh worked as a computer systems specialist at Mediatel, Bell Canada, from 1985 to 1991, and was on the faculty of Concordia University in 1991-1992, Kuwait University from 1992 to 2000, and American University of Sharjah from 2000 to 2007. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software.

The Journal of Systems and Software has ranked Professor Saleh among the top scholars in the field of systems and software engineering in seven of its annual assessments published from 1996 to 2003. Professor Saleh has published more than 120 journal and conference papers and has presented numerous tutorials and invited talks at international conferences and universities worldwide.

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