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A controlled experiment on the impact of software structure on maintainabilityThe impact of software structure on maintainability aspects including comprehensibility, locality, modifiability, and reusability in a distributed system environment is studied in a controlled maintenance experiment involving six medium-size distributed software systems implemented in LADY (language for distributed systems) and six in an extended version of sequential PASCAL. For all maintenance aspects except reusability, the results were quantitatively given in terms of complexity metrics which could be automated. The results showed LADY to be better suited to the development of maintainable software than the extension of sequential PASCAL. The strong typing combined with high parametrization of units is suggested to improve the reusability of units in LADY.
Document ID
19870047297
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Rombach, Dieter H. (Maryland, University College Park, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Volume: SE-13
ISSN: 0098-5589
Subject Category
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSG-5123
Distribution Limits
Public
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