Empirical Methods and Studies in Software Engineering: Experiences from ESERNET

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 21, 2003 - Business & Economics - 278 pages

Nowadays, societies crucially depend on high-quality software for a large part of their functionalities and activities. Therefore, software professionals, researchers, managers, and practitioners alike have to competently decide what software technologies and products to choose for which purpose.

For various reasons, systematic empirical studies employing strictly scientific methods are hardly practiced in software engineering. Thus there is an unquestioned need for developing improved and better-qualified empirical methods, for their application in practice and for dissemination of the results.

This book describes different kinds of empirical studies and methods for performing such studies, e.g., for planning, performing, analyzing, and reporting such studies. Actual studies are presented in detail in various chapters dealing with inspections, testing, object-oriented techniques, and component-based software engineering.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Empirical Research Methods in Software Engineering
7
Challenges and Recommendations When Increasing the Realism of Controlled Software Engineering Experiments
24
Empirical Studies in ESERNET
39
Software Engineering Knowledge Repositories
55
Using Empirical Studies during Software Courses
81
Practical Experiences in the Design and Conduct of Surveys in Empirical Software Engineering
104
Post Mortem An Assessment of Two Approaches
129
Effectiveness of Code Reading and Functional Testing with EventDriven ObjectOriented Software
166
Experimentation with UsageBased Reading
193
What Fault Type Do They Each Detect?
208
Proposal and Empirical Assessment
233
Reuse Based Software Factory
256
Appendix Glossary
274
Author Index
279
Copyright

Evaluating ChecklistBased and UseCaseDriven Reading Techniques as Applied to Software Analysis and Design UML Artifacts
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