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.
by Matt Sharpe February 05, 2004
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A self grandiose term to describe an industry which actually has no engineering foundations. Often filled with examples of Dunning Kruger, Conway's Law, Narcissism and Elitism.
Software engineers rule the world through software engineering.
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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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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 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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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, &*$%
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1. An engineering discipline that is increasingly turning into a commodity much like cattle farming in the agriculture industry.

2. Disposable code factories, not cost effective to reuse or refurbish.
If those software engineers don't get the project done by the deadline, we will replace them with ones from India.
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