SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTS ARE CRITICAL IN REDUCING THE COSTS OF PROGRAMMING, FROM THE EARLY PHASES OF RAPID PROTOTYPE GENEATION THROUGH THE MAINTENANCE OF RELEASED PRODUCTS.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$49,380.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
4619
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Software Options Inc
22 Hilliard St, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Dr Michael Karr
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTS ARE CRITICAL IN REDUCING THE COSTS OF PROGRAMMING, FROM THE EARLY PHASES OF RAPID PROTOTYPE GENEATION THROUGH THE MAINTENANCE OF RELEASED PRODUCTS. HOWEVER, MOST SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTS ARE CONCERNED PRIMARILY WITH THE ARTIFACTS OF PROGRAMMING, RATHER THAN WITH THE PROCESS OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT. THEY PROVIDE TOOLS TO EDIT FILES AND TO RECORD THE MODULE S STRUCTURE OF A PROGRAM; THEY DO NOT COORDINATE THE ACTIVITE S OF PROGRAMMERS WORKING TOGETHER ON A PROJECT NOR RECORD T THE STRUCTURE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. SUPPORTING THE P PROCESS OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT REQUIRES THE ABILITY TO TRACK THE ACTIVITIES OF A PROJECT, TO AID OFFICIAL COMMUNI CATION BETWEEN PROJECT MEMBERS,A ND TO INTERPRET STATED RULES OF PROJECT ORGANIZATION. MOREOVER, BECAUSE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTS ARE LARGE AND COMPLICATED PROGRAM S, THEY THEMSELVES ARE ECPENSIVE TO DEVELOP, MAINTAIN, AND MODIFY. THIS PROPOSAL SUGGEST THAT THERE IS A CONNECTION BETWEEN THE INFLEXIBILITY OF CURRENT SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTS AND THEIR NEGLECT OF COMMUNICATION AND COORD INATION, AND IT ADVOCATES INCORPATING COMPUTATIONAL MODELS OF ACTIVIES, MESSAGES, AND ORGANIZATIONAL RULES INTO FUTURE ENVIRONMENTS. THE FACILITIES THAT WE PROPOSE NOT ONLY SUPPORT THE PROCESS OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT, BUT ALSO ARE A BASIS FOR DEFINING AND EVOLVING A FAMILY OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTS WITH REUSABLE COMPONENTS.

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