In order to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of software engineering aids in software program maintenance, productivity improvements as measured by the time to task completion -- for a representative sample of Software Engineers were assessed, with and without the use of a commercially available CASE tool. These improvements were also measured in relation to the level of experience of the Software Engineer and the complexity level of the program maintained. Results show that the CASE tool appeared to have a significant impact on the productivity of the Software Engineers included in the study. The effect of the tool in terms of productivity, was positive for both experienced and inexperienced Software Engineers. This positive effect was apparent regardless of the complexity of the program.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Software maintenance; Computer-aided software engineering
Department, Program, or Center
Computer Science (GCCIS)
Fernandes, Leonie Menco, "An investigation of the effect of a reverse engineering tool on the software maintenance effort" (1991). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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