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In Search of a Unified Theory of Software Engineering
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Industrial Information and Control Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3293-1681
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Industrial Information and Control Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3922-9606
2007 (English)In: 2nd International Conference on Software Engineering Advances - ICSEA 2007, 2007, 4299884- p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Highly successful scientific disciplines have at least one common denominator; they have developed unified theories that span a large set of phenomena within the discipline. The discipline of software engineering today features a multitude of disparate and fragmented micro-theories. Among these micro-theories, many speak of different things, many speak differently of similar things, and few can be employed consistently together. Since these micro-theories are so numerous and diverse, software engineering also lacks a common vocabulary for communication and argumentation. There are no real rules for separating sound arguments from unsound ones. This article argues that the search for a single unified theory of software engineering is both viable and desirable. In order to do so, requirements for such a unified theory are outlined. Then three well-known software engineering theories that could constitute embryos to unified theories are considered in the light of the presented requirements.

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2007. 4299884- p.
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Scientific maturity, Unified theory
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Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-79918DOI: 10.1109/ICSEA.2007.43Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-47849107333ISBN: 978-076952937-0 ISBN: 0769529372 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-79918DiVA: diva2:495818
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2nd International Conference on Software Engineering Advances - ICSEA 2007; Cap Esterel; France; 25 August 2007 through 31 August 2007
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QC 20120228

Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2014-11-04Bibliographically approved

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