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Software engineering is the application of science
to consistently produce software based systems
that are acceptable against the needed criteria
(reliability, maintainability, security, safety,
efficiency, usability) in a cost effective way.
I am a software engineer.
by Matt Sharpe February 05, 2004

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The process of defining the actual functionality of a software program, the planning and programming of said software.
I´m a programmer, I work in software engineering.
by Marvin January 22, 2004

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The process by which one goes through to create extraordinary software.
Micro$0ft has never done any software engineering.
by Meikeric February 02, 2004

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Designing and creating programs (or software) to accomplish tasks for public use.
I majored in software engineering so I could help fix the AOL problems... oh wait, that's impossible, &*$%
by Deci January 22, 2004

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The process of creating and developing a piece of software for distribution.
The company's software engineering team developed a program to share files.
by jordan October 08, 2003

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One of the most pointless principles in the field of computer science. Entails nothing but common sense applied to programming, and generally takes up too much of your time to create stupid diagrams so people less intelligent than yourself can understand how it fits together.
Software engineering was the stupidest class I had to take in college, it reminded me of the kind of work my friends in the School of Business do.
by Phil October 16, 2004

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The profession of creating software
Mike wanted to get into software engineering, but is still in High School.
by Josh January 30, 2004

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