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Iterative enhancement: A practical technique for software development

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2 Author(s)
Basili, V.R. ; Dept. of Computer Sci., Univ. of Maryland, MD, USA ; Turner, A.J.

This paper recommends the iterative enhancement' technique as a practical means of using a top-down, stepwise refinement approach to software development. This technique begins with a simple initial implementation of a property chosen (skeletal) subproject which is followed by the gradual enhancement of successive implementations in order to build the full implementation. The development and quantitative analysis of a production compiler for the language SIMPL-T is used to demonstrate that the application of iterative enhancement to software development is practical and efficient, encourages the generation of an easily modifiable product, and facilities reliability.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-1 ,  Issue: 4 )