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Issue 1 • Jan. 1996

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  • Moore's Law: Change or Die

    Publication Year: 1996
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  • Mead Named to Editorial Board

    Publication Year: 1996
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  • 1995 Best Practice Award

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  • Cornering the Chimera [software quality]

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):33 - 43
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    Concrete and useful suggestions about what constitutes quality software have always been elusive. I suggest a framework for the construction and use of practical, testable quality models for requirements, design and implementation. Such information may be used directly to build, compare, and assess better quality software products. View full abstract»

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  • Anatomy of a Runaway: What Ground4ed the AAS

    Publication Year: 1996
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  • Now That Objects are Old Hat, Quo Vadis, Oppsla?

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  • Patent-Infringement Suit Filed

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  • Rational Acquires Objectory, Uniting OO Methodologies

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  • Workshop Defines Problems with Software-Engineering Data

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  • Signs of Life - and Growth - At Comdex

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  • Thorough Look at Software Inspection

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  • Informal Survey of Software Fault Tolerance in Distributed Systems

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  • High-Level Text on Higher Order Logic

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  • Achieving Little Goals in Language Design and Implementation

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  • Point counterpoint: do standards improve quality?

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):22 - 24
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    Software standards are only one of many factors that influence quality. However, there is ample evidence to suggest that, on balance, standards and their related guides and recommended practices do improve product quality. The paper discusses some examples of standards that improve software product quality. It considers whether imperfect standards are better than none at all View full abstract»

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  • Level 6: why we can't get there from here

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):97 - 98, 103
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    The author considers how a project management method he calls evolutionary delivery is still missing from process improvement models. This method delivers long-term requirements, qualities, performance, and functionality in small, frequent, and early increments. He discusses how evolutionary delivery should certainly be one aspect of CMM level 6 View full abstract»

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  • Software quality: the elusive target [special issues section]

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):12 - 21
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    If you are a software developer, manager, or maintainer, quality is often on your mind. But what do you really mean by software quality? Is your definition adequate? Is the software you produce better or worse than you would like it to be? We put software quality on trial, examining both the definition and evaluation of our software products and processes View full abstract»

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  • limiting the dangers of intuitive decision making

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):101 - 103
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    The author believes that much conventional wisdom in software engineering resembles folklore more than science. He presents some new views of mature ideas on software quality and productivity. Scientists like to think that they bring objectivity to their work. The author shows that subjectivity is inevitable and that intuition should be used with great caution View full abstract»

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  • Who cares about software construction?

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):127 - 128
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    Software practitioners are subjected to a barrage of advice about effective development practices. The search for effective practices-programmers' gold-can be almost as chancy as the search for the precious yellow metal itself. Some mediocre practices are overhyped; many valuable practices are buried under the hype heaped on other practices. This paper aims to separate the gold from the ore by pro... View full abstract»

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  • The importance of being beautiful [user interfaces]

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):92 - 94
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    The paper presents some tools, techniques and concepts to optimize user interfaces and considers some World Wide Web home pages as examples of user interface design. The importance of being beautiful has implications for how we evaluate the usability of our designs. The paper discusses how user preference measures will be relatively more important than traditional measures such as tasks per minute View full abstract»

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  • Beyond the black box: open implementation

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):8, 10 - 11
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    Encapsulation, informally known as black-box abstraction, is a widely known and accepted principle. It is a basic tenet of software design, underlying approaches to portability and reuse. However, many practitioners find themselves violating it in order to achieve performance requirements in a practical manner. The gap between theory and practice must be filled. Open implementation is a controvers... View full abstract»

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  • Visualizing the structure of large relational databases

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):72 - 79
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    Large relational databases, such as those associated with legacy software systems, can be difficult to engineer and extend. The visualization system discussed in the paper abandons the use of entity-relationship diagrams in favor of a 2D, multiview, color representation of the database structure. It can easily display databases with more than 1,000 relations View full abstract»

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  • Quality outcomes: determining business value

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):25 - 32
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    Linking investments in information technology to improve business performance requires that we look beyond financial measures. The author conducted a study of nine organizations that focused on how they evaluate IT investments and used the results to develop a framework of benefits and measures View full abstract»

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  • Keys to engineering a workable contract

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):99 - 100
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    A major stumbling block to designing a good contract is a legal concept called meeting of the minds. The basis for this concept is that two parties cannot agree unless they understand what they are contracting for. The process of drawing up a written contract is intended to assist in this understanding. However, much room remains for error when negotiating something as technical as software develo... View full abstract»

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  • Meeting the challenge of software maintenance

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):122 - 125
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    Research by Case Associates Inc. shows that between 50 to 70 percent of a software engineer's time is spent making changes to mission-critical software. Hence, the tool with the greatest potential impact on the software organization is no longer the development tool, it is the maintenance and enhancement tool. The paper considers the challenges of software maintenance and the selection of CASE too... View full abstract»

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