Automating Output Size and Reusability Metrics in an Object-Based Computer Aided Software Engineering (Case) Environment
61 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2008
Date Written: September 1991
Measurement of software development productivity is needed in order to controlsoftware costs, but it is discouragingly labor-intensive and expensive. Computer aidedsoftware engineering (CASE) technologies -- especially object-oriented, integrated CASE-- have the potential to support the automation of this measurement. In this paper, wediscuss the conceptual development of automated analyzers for function point andsoftware reusability measurement for object-based CASE. Both analyzers take advantageof the existence of a representation of the application system that is stored within anobject repository, and that contains the necessary information about the applicationsystem. We also propose new metrics for software reusability measurement, includingreuse leverage, reuse value and reuse classification. The functionality and analyticcapabilities of state-of-the-art automated software metrics analyzers are illustrated in thecontext of an investment banking industry application.
Keywords: CASE, code reuse, computer aided software engineering, function point analysis, object-based development, programming productivity, repositories, reusability, reuse, software costs, software engineering economics, software metrics
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