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Issue 5 • Date Sept. 1995

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  • The Mythical Man-Month: After 20 years

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 57 - 60
    Cited by:  Papers (6)
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    The plane droned through the night toward LaGuardia. Clouds and darkness veiled all interesting sights. The document I was studying was pedestrian. I was not, however, bored. The stranger sitting next to me was reading The Mythical Man-Month, and I was waiting to see if by word or sign he would react. Finally as we taxied toward the gate, I could wait no longer: "How is that book? Do you recommend it?" ??Hmph! Nothing in it I didn??t know already.?? View full abstract»

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  • Multibox parsers: no more handwritten lexical parsers

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 61 - 67
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    Most parser generators do not work with lexically complex languages like Fortran. Compiler writers end up writing lexers by hand. To deal with this complexity, the author suggests generating a parser that uses a series of boxes-like a mechanical caterpillar-instead of just two View full abstract»

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  • How to make intuitive testing more systematic

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 87 - 89
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    At Philips Industrial Electronic's which develops complex, software intensive systems for production line control, we have applied a custom testing approach to systems integration. Typically, we develop a basic system that has several commercial variations, which are largely implemented in software. The software system usually involves multitasking and real time programming, and it is then integrated with the hardware in various configurations View full abstract»

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  • Making process improvement personal

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 82 - 83
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    The personal software process (PSP) is a structured set of process descriptions, measurements and methods that can help engineers improve their personal performance. The PSP provides the forms, scripts and standards that help them estimate and plan their work. It shows them how to define processes and how to measure their quality and productivity. The PSP acknowledges that everyone is unique and that a method that suits one engineer may not suit another. The PSP helps each engineer measure and track his own work so that he can find the method best for him View full abstract»

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  • Practical steps toward quality development

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 68 - 77
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    Software quality is a serious issue for developers and customers. At Hitachi Software, we have used our extensive experience to improve quality assurance and significantly decrease our fault rates View full abstract»

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  • Trends in automating document generation

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 116 - 118
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    Although some advocate their elimination, documents are the preferred and most effective way to communicate information in every engineering discipline. Documents (whether they be hard copy or electronic) are the evidence that engineering tasks have been performed. There are many commercial documentation packages that can help you define a document's format and structure. Which one you choose will determine what capabilities are available and the document's underlying representation. Current approaches for automating document generation are based on extending the facilities of software development tools and document publishing systems. Although these approaches provide some automation, they are still labor intensive. Today's approaches can be categorized as either push or pull View full abstract»

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  • Developing a RAD standard

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 54 - 55
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    The UK's Dynamic Systems Development Method Consortium has identified the special characteristics of RAD (rapid application development) projects and published a first version of a development standard. The three critical success factors are: easy access to end users, a stable and skilled development team, and a commercial application View full abstract»

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  • Capitalizing on multiple market opportunities

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 84 - 86
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    Innovative software developers are often unable to take advantage of the multiple opportunities presented by the commercial application of their technology. Because each market opportunity demands its own resources, most developers are fortunate if they can find a single project. Other markets have to wait while the developer hopes the first venture yields enough profit to fund more View full abstract»

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  • Finding what you want: new tools and tricks

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 79 - 81, 86
    Cited by:  Patents (2)
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    You log in and find an urgent request for information about state-of-the-art tools for finding information on the World Wide Web. No problem. At the click of a mouse, you call up your favorite Web search engine and fire off the query “information retrieval WWW”. You get back lots of information in a nicely ordered list. Problem solved. It's not quite so easy-as library scientists have long known and users of the Web are discovering View full abstract»

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  • Does RAD live up to the hype?

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 24 - 26
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    The author makes the point that, to be successful with RAD (rapid application development), we can no longer look just at the software product in isolation. A RAD development process demands that we expand our view to encompass users and their work environments-and if we do it right, everyone benefits. But given all the risks, would you stake mission-critical projects on RAD? If it is not mission-critical, then why bother at all? View full abstract»

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  • Large-scale industrial reuse to reduce cost and cycle time

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 47 - 53
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    For long-term software reuse strategies to work, companies must realize short-term successes. The authors' company improved its time-to-market, productivity and quality by pursuing reuse in two large industrial projects View full abstract»

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  • Survival of the fastest: improving service velocity [software products]

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 28 - 38
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    Companies must improve their technology and organization if they are to contend with the domination of time in the Information Age. The author suggests improvements on both fronts, focusing on the goal of getting products to market quickly View full abstract»

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  • Internationalizing software with concurrent engineering

    Publication Year: 1995 , Page(s): 39 - 46
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (2)
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    Today's global markets and multinational networks demand the simultaneous release of applications in many languages. Concurrent engineering offers a solution to this challenge, if the benefits of a potential market can be successfully balanced against the risk of untried technologies. The authors present a framework of options for doing so View full abstract»

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