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Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering by Robert L. Glass

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Chapter 4. About Research

It may surprise you to find the topic of research mentioned in this book at all. After all, most of the rest of the book is about things relevant to software engineering practice. Management. The life cycle. Quality. Why would I want to spend one of my precious 55 facts on research? Because, in my humble (or not so humble) opinion, there is a problem with software engineering research as it is conducted in the twenty-first century (and dating back into the twentieth century, for that matter). Research does far less than it can—far less than it should, in fact—to help practice. And there are some things that practice deeply needs from research.

Now I realize that research does not exist solely to benefit practice. ...

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