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The Computer Boys Take OverComputers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise$
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Nathan L. Ensmenger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262050937

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.001.0001

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Engineering a Solution

Engineering a Solution

(p.195) 8 Engineering a Solution
The Computer Boys Take Over

Nathan Ensmenger

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This chapter examines the history of the emergence of software engineering during the period from 1968 to 1972. It explains that the term software engineering was first used by hardware engineer J. Presper Eckert in reference to the growing conflict between computer programmers and their corporate employers. It discusses the highlights of the first-ever North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Conference on Software Engineering intended to address the impending crisis in software production.

Keywords:   software engineering, J. Presper Eckert, computer programmers, corporate employers, NATO, Conference on Software Engineering, software production

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