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Monday, December 18th, 2017

Something about Software Engineering Research


"There is no programming language, no matter how structured, that will prevent programmers from making bad programs." - Larry Flon


This place is dedicated to some content about software engineering research, that otherwise would fade in the net. Thank you for your visit, enjoy your stay.

On 4th of June 1996 the Ariane 5 rocket launch ended in a disaster. 37 seconds after ignition the launcher left its flight path, broke up and exploded. About six weeks later the inquiry report of this failure stated:

"The failure of Ariane 501 was caused by the complete loss of guidance and attitude information 37 seconds after start of the main engine ignition sequence (30 seconds after lift-off). This loss of information was due to specification and design errors in the software of the inertial reference system. The extensive reviews and tests carried out during the Ariane 5 development programme did not include adequate analysis and testing of the inertial reference system or of the complete flight control system, which could have detected the potential failure."

What does that mean? Software Failures are expensive, and more expensive the later they are found.

Software Engineering is the effort to countersteer against this Problems.
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