3 Characteristics of Engineering

Type: Principles
Sources: Chris Britton, Microsoft, 2007 (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb508955.aspx)

Gist

The characteristics of engineering are:

Principles and Notes

1) The design is decomposed from top to bottom
Note: In contrast, software design is almost all low-level, and it is often hard to see how the entire system works.

2) All designs (high-level and detailed) are analyzed or tested to check for correctness.
Note: In contrast, software development relies almost entirely on testing the product only - in other words, the program code.

3) Implicit requirements, as well as explicit requirements.
Note: In engineering, there are some basic requirements - such as the fact that a bridge should not fall down - that do not need to be specified by the stakeholder.

Quotes

And a nice quote of Chris': "Engineering is the art of scale."

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