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Computer

Issue 9 • Sept. 1994

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  • Achieving software quality with testing coverage measures

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):60 - 69
    Cited by:  Papers (55)  |  Patents (2)
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    Coverage testing helps the tester create a thorough set of tests and gives a measure of test completeness. The concepts of coverage testing are well-described in the literature. However, there are few tools that actually implement these concepts for standard programming languages, and their realistic use on large-scale projects is rare. In this article, we describe the uses of a dataflow coverage-... View full abstract»

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  • Successfully applying software metrics

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):18 - 25
    Cited by:  Papers (30)  |  Patents (2)
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    The word success is very powerful. It creates strong, but widely varied, images that may range from the final seconds of an athletic contest to a graduation ceremony to the loss of 10 pounds. Success makes us feel good; it's cause for celebration. All these examples of success are marked by a measurable end point, whether externally or self-created. Most of us who create software approach projects... View full abstract»

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  • Using metrics to manage software projects

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):27 - 33
    Cited by:  Papers (19)  |  Patents (9)
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    Five years ago, Bull's Enterprise Servers Operation in Phoenix, Arizona, used a software process that, although understandable, was unpredictable in terms of product quality and delivery schedule. The process generated products with unsatisfactory quality levels and required significant extra effort to avoid major schedule slips. All but the smallest software projects require metrics for effective... View full abstract»

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  • Modeling the relationship between source code complexity and maintenance difficulty

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):35 - 40
    Cited by:  Papers (24)
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    Canonical correlation analysis can be a useful exploratory tool for software engineers who want to understand relationships that are not directly observable and who are interested in understanding influences affecting past development efforts. These influences could also affect current development efforts. In this paper, we restrict our findings to one particular development effort. We do not impl... View full abstract»

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  • Using metrics in management decision making

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):42 - 48
    Cited by:  Papers (26)  |  Patents (4)
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    The amount of code in NASA systems has continued to grow over the past 30 years. This growth brings with it the increased risk of system failure caused by software. Thus, managing the risks inherent in software development and maintenance is becoming a highly visible and important field. The metrics effort within NASA's Mission Operations Directorate has helped managers and engineers better unders... View full abstract»

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  • Case studies of software-process-improvement measurement

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):50 - 57
    Cited by:  Papers (43)
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    Describes an ongoing research project conducted jointly by Siemens and the Software Engineering Institute. Siemens software-development organizations in Germany and the United States are case-study sites at which we measure the effect of methods to improve the software-development process. To observe and quantify the impact of software-process improvement, we must measure the performance of a soft... View full abstract»

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  • Evaluating software engineering standards

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):71 - 79
    Cited by:  Papers (25)
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    The authors report on the results of the Smartie project (Standards and Methods Assessment Using Rigorous Techniques in Industrial Environments), a collaborative effort to propose a widely applicable procedure for the objective assessment of standards used in software development. We hope that, for a given environment and application area, Smartie will enable the identification of standards whose ... View full abstract»

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  • Evolving buses: backplane buses mature to keep pace with technology

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):94 - 95
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    Considers how the role and importance of the backplane bus in a system has evolved along with the advances in technology over the past decade. Backplane buses have come a long way from the early days of fairly simple protocols, a couple of connectors, and some traces on a printed circuit board. In early bus-based systems, the backplane bus was the main system bus providing interconnects from the C... View full abstract»

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  • Customizing information. 1. Getting what we need, when we need it

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):96 - 98
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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    As we move further into the information age, it is becoming ever more apparent that society as a whole, and information and computing specialists as its agents, will have to confront the general problem of information overload. The rising flood of information will soon compel us to use techniques and resources aimed at maximising our information handling efficiency. Storing and retrieving digital ... View full abstract»

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  • Software metrics: good, bad and missing

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):98 - 100
    Cited by:  Papers (11)
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    The software industry is an embarrassment when it comes to measurement and metrics. Many software managers and practitioners, including tenured academics in software engineering and computer science, seem to know little or nothing about these topics. Many of the measurements found in the software literature are not used with enough precision to replicate the author's findings-a canon of scientific... View full abstract»

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