History of Software Engineering

The term started in the ’60s. Writing software has envolved into a profession concerned with how best to maximize the quality of software and how to create it.

Emergence as a profession: by the early ’80s, to stand beside computer science and traditional engineering. In the software crisis of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, which identified many problems of software development. Many of the projects ran over budget and schedule, and a bunch of projects caused loss of life.

The software crisis has been fading from view, because it is psychologically extremely difficult to remain in crisis mode for a protracted period.

In the 1980’s the object oriented programming started to be a trend in software engineers, which allowed programmers to develop graphic user interfaces (GUI). In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist from CERN, started to link papers with hypertext. And it was until the 1990’s that the browser was created to give users access to those papers.


In the last decade an important development was the “cloud” and software engineering has been focusing on creating apps for mobiles and tablets.

Thanks to my classmates who gave me inspiration to write this post. Love ya!