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Are Software Development Technologies Delivering Their Promise? IEE Colloquium on

Date 21 Mar 1995

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  • Selecting the correct tools and methods for software systems development

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 7/1 - 7/4
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    The nature of the application and the required functionality of a software system should influence the choice of methods and tools used during development. The use of a formalised requirements specification method, HOOD and Ada may be considered appropriate for the development of a large, avionics control system, but less suitable for the design of simple protection logic on the factory floor, bas... View full abstract»

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  • To automate or not to automate-experiences with JSD [Jackson System Development]

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 6/1 - 6/6
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    Jackson System Development (JSD) has been used to develop a wide range of systems, from data processing applications implemented in COBOL, to real-time applications implemented in Ada. JSD has also been used to develop systems of all sizes, from the very small to systems implemented in several million lines of code. However, the rigour of the JSD method can make it difficult to use, unless a suita... View full abstract»

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  • Achieving integration in a development environment

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 4/1 - 4/3
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    The potential for integrating tools into a software development environment has been discussed for the last 20 years. UK expertise contributed considerably to these discussions, for example in the Stoneman document which was produced for the US Department of Defence in the mid-70s. Since then, a number of general solutions have been suggested including IRDS and PCTE. As is all too familiar in the ... View full abstract»

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  • Process improvement-the way forward

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 10/1 - 10/4
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    The software process constitutes a feedback system with both positive and negative feedback, though what constitutes positive and what negative feedback requires clarification. It is plausible that, as a feedback system, the process will possess the external stability property of such systems (it is, in fact, most unlikely not to be true). The involvement of people, however, in most, if not all, o... View full abstract»

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  • IEE Colloquium on `Are Software Development Technologies Delivering Their Promise?' (Digest No.1995/056)

    Publication Year: 1995
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    The following topics were dealt with: the promise of software development technologies; problems with software methods; achieving integrity in methods and languages; achieving integration in a development environment; achieving usefulness in a development environment; automation experiences with JSD; selecting the correct tools and methods for software systems development; using risk to design the... View full abstract»

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  • Are software development technologies delivering their promise?

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 1/1 - 1/3
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    When a technology is new, it is usually surrounded by a lot of hype. Nowadays, most people recognise this for what it is and are not disappointed when extravagant claims are not fulfilled. As time passes, a more realistic view is formed and the promise of the technology emerges. The promise is what people really believe the technology can give them. Later still, often with hindsight when the techn... View full abstract»

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  • Why do software methods fall down?

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 2/1 - 2/2
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    The author's contention is that methods fall down because sufficient attention has not been paid to the problems of software testing. The focus is wrong. Much experience has shown that managers of IT in commercial organisations are unlikely to attach much importance to testing. However, testing is intrinsic to software development. If we consider the standard paradigm of software development, we a... View full abstract»

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  • Achieving integrity in methods and language

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 3/1 - 3/3
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    Considers the issues of integrity as presented by software design methods and programming languages. We first discuss the meaning of the term integrity as applied to methods and languages, and present criteria for judging and selecting methods and languages. We then consider the associated issue of tool integrity and the effect that lack of tool integrity can have on the integrity of the delivered... View full abstract»

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