First attested in 1965 in service listings (in “systems software engineering”), partly popularized by American computer scientists Anthony Oettinger and Margaret Hamilton later in the decade. In a 1966 letter to the members of the Association for Computing Machinery, listed by the Oxford English Dictionary as the term’s first attestation, Oettinger wrote, “We must recognize ourselves […] as members of an engineering profession, be it hardware engineering or software engineering […]”.
- The subfield of engineering concerned with applying a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software.
- ^ “Products and Services”, in Computers and Automation, June 1965, page 44
- ^ “software engineering, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
- ^ Oettinger, A. G. (August 1966), “President's Letter to the ACM Membership”, in Communications of the ACM, volume 9, issue 8, →DOI, page 546