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dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Michael P.
dc.contributor.author Buckley, Jim
dc.contributor.author Exton, Chris
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-29T10:47:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-29T10:47:51Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation O'Brien, Michael P. (2005) "Empirically studying software practitioners – bridging the gap between theory and practice," Proceedings of the 21st IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM’05); en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2222
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract It is the view of many computer scientists that the standard of empirical software engineering research leaves scope for improvement. However, there is also an increasing awareness in the software engineering community that empirical studies are a vital aspect in the process of improving methods and tools, for software development and maintenance. This paper presents a review of the empirical work carried out to date in the area of program comprehension and illustrates that most of the evidence from these studies derives from lab-based experiments, thus implying a degree of artificial control. The paper argues that, in order to address the methodological shortfalls of the experimental paradigm, more qualitative methods need to be applied to accompany and support these quantitative studies, thus broadening the sources of data and increasing the ‘body of evidence’. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IEEE Computer Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Proceedings of the 21st IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM’05);
dc.rights “© 2005 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.” en_US
dc.subject Emperical studies en_US
dc.subject software engineering en_US
dc.subject theory en_US
dc.subject practice en_US
dc.title Empirically studying software practitioners – bridging the gap between theory and practice en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.relation.projectid B4-STEP
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.authorcontactother jim.buckley@ul.ie
dc.internal.authorcontactother chris.exton@ul.ie

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