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This web site provides a description of the several
software engineering documents:

  • A low-cost and always available textbook is described that has been developed to provide the basics of several university course based on the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOX)

The IEEE Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP)
Credential Study Guide

  • This credential is described and defined, along with its qualification criteria.
  • The CSDP credential is intended for midcareer software professionals looking to advance in their career
  • A three-volume, low-cost and always available, guide book is identified to provide support to software engineers who what to take and pass the CSDP certificate exam

The IEEE Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA)
Credential Study Guide

  • This credential is described and defined, along with its qualification criteria.
  • The CSDA credential is intended for graduating software engineers and entry-level software professionals
  • A three-volume, low-cost and always available, guide book is identified to provide support to software engineers who what to take and pass the CSDA certificate exam

Software Engineering Definitions, Glossary, and Richard Hall Thayer
Biography

  • A list of available software engineering guide books and textbooks
The author team of R. Thayer and M. Dorfman have finished a textbook entitled “Software Engineering Essentials" which is a study guide for the IEEE SWEBOK and the IEEE CSDP/CSDA certificate exams. This study guide was portioned into three volumes (1) because of its overall size (over 700 pages) and (2) to allow students or exam takers to buy only what they need.

Drs. R.H. Thayer and M. Dorfman, Software Engineering Essentials, Amazon, 2013

Volume I: The Development Process (262 pages) $49 95
Volume II: The Supporting Processes (258 Pages) $49.95
Volume III: The Engineering Fundamentals (202 Pages) $39.95

This software engineering text serves two separate but connected audiences:
  1. Audience One: University students taking (or reading) a BS or MS degree in software engineering, or practicing software engineers who want to review or update their knowledge. Volumes I and II expands on the IEEE SWEBOK and offer a complete and detailed overview of software engineering outlined in the 2013 SWEBOK. Two of these books provide a thorough analysis of software development in requirements analysis, de-sign, coding, testing, and maintenance, plus the supporting processes of configuration management, quality assurance, verification and validation, and reviews and audits.

    The third book, Volume III, contains most of the new knowledge areas (KAs) that will be identified in the 2013 SWEBOK. These new KAs exist so that software engineers can demonstrate a mastery of scientific technology and engineering. This is in answer to the criticism of software engineering that it does not contain enough engineering to qualify it as an engineering discipline.

  2. Audience Two: Software engineers who wish to study for and pass either or both of the IEEE Computer Society's software engineering certification exams. The first is the Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) and is awarded to software engineers who have 5 to 7 years of software development experience and pass the CSDP exam. This certification was instituted in 2001 and establishes that the certificate holder is a competent software engineer in most areas of software engineering.

    The second certificate is for recent software engineering graduates or self-taught software engineers and is designated Certified Software Development Associate (CDSA). The CSDA also requires passing an exam, but does not require any professional experience.
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