Free always gets your attention. That?s why you might want to look at the free course being offered by the IEEE Computer Society on Best Practices for Software Development. It is an online course for software developers, students, and engineers. It will bring you up to date on software engineering knowledge.

IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It is the professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. One of several working groups in the organization is the Software & Systems Engineering Standards Committee (S2ESC).

The organization helps members stay current by offering an eLearning Campus, a variety of on-line, webinar, or instructor led courses, and Certification and Training ? CSDA (Certified Software Development Associate) for recent graduates and those in entry level positions as well as CSDP for those professionals already established in a career.

The IEEE Computer Society resides in Los Alamitos, California. They provide information, training, inspiration and community through collaboration among computing professionals. For example, an outreach programs offer a Corporate Affiliate Program that produces technical training courses and support for employees.

The University of California Irvine has teamed up with the IEEE Computer Society to provide the current free three week on-line course which is open to everyone. Don Shafer, IEEE Computer Society Vice President of Professional Activities and a distinguished global expert in the practice of software engineering will be the instructor.

Topics to be covered are:
?the importance of a body of knowledge to the software engineering field
?key Knowledge Areas for the practice of software development
?ways to prevent common pitfalls and mistakes
?valuable lessons learned from practitioners, and the
?most effective approaches and methods for successful software development.

Class is held Tuesday and Thursday for an hour beginning at 10 a.m. PST. It runs for three weeks and includes an open discussion forum after each presentation, a review of comments raised, and the always dreaded?. Quiz. To sign up, click here.