Professional licensing and the social transformation of software engineers

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There are numerous published debates on the pros and cons of software licensing, and it has already been suggested that software engineering as a profession can be compared to the medical profession. This paper provides a comparative analysis of the evolution of the medical profession to that of software engineering. The analysis supports the contention that licensing will occur but that it is important to wait longer, perhaps much longer before the professional societies finally agree on the criteria for licensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-45
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences


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