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A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools

Technical Report
This 1987 report describes a tool classification technique that helps those investigating tools decide where a tool fits in the software engineering process and identify what a tool does or doesn't do.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-87-TR-010
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6571676.v1

Abstract

Software engineering tools are computer programs that assist people in doing the work of software engineering. As understanding of the software engineering process has broadened and the need to solve problems has intensified, there has been increasing interest in using software engineering tools. Understanding what a tool does and comparing it to similar tools are difficult tasks given the diversity of functionality that exists. This report describes a tool classification technique that helps those investigating tools decide where a tool fits in the software engineering process and identify what a tool does or doesn't do. It also provides guidance to the tool evaluation process and lists specific criteria that should be considered when evaluating tools.

Cite This Technical Report

Firth, R., Mosley, V., Pethia, R., Roberts Gold, L., & Wood, W. (1987, September 1). A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-87-TR-010). Retrieved May 20, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571676.v1.

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title={A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools},
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howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
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Firth, Robert, Vicky Mosley, Richard Pethia, Lauren Roberts Gold, and William Wood. "A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools." (CMU/SEI-87-TR-010). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, September 1, 1987. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571676.v1.

R. Firth, V. Mosley, R. Pethia, L. Roberts Gold, and W. Wood, "A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-87-TR-010, 1-Sep-1987 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571676.v1. [Accessed: 20-May-2024].

Firth, Robert, Vicky Mosley, Richard Pethia, Lauren Roberts Gold, and William Wood. "A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-87-TR-010). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Sep. 1987. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571676.v1. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Firth, Robert; Mosley, Vicky; Pethia, Richard; Roberts Gold, Lauren; & Wood, William. A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools. CMU/SEI-87-TR-010. Software Engineering Institute. 1987. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571676.v1