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Measuring quality: a cornerstone of theory in software engineering

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dc.contributor.author Jordan, Howell
dc.contributor.author Collier, Rem W.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-23T14:55:46Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-23T14:55:46Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2819
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract In any engineering domain, a detailed understanding of what constitutes a 'good' product is vital for the development of theories that are both general and useful. However, software engineering researchers' understanding of desirable product qualities is not yet fuUy mature, especiaUy for continuously-evolving software systems. Inspired by two historical examples, this paper calls for a discipline-wide effort to precisely define the attributes and variables of software product quality in a measurable way. We expect this effort will lead to two major contributions. Firstly, the defined attributes and variables should act as units in any general theory of software engineering. Secondly, once instruments to measure these attributes and variables are developed, systematic largescale empirical studies of software product quality will become much easier, eventually yielding a rich corpus of data which should prove fertile for further theory building. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Semat Workshop on a General Theory of Software Engineering;
dc.subject software quality en_US
dc.subject software measurement en_US
dc.title Measuring quality: a cornerstone of theory in software engineering 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 10/CE/I1855 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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