Software product measurement: an apology

Robin Whitty

(South Bank University)

Software metrics started out in the 70's with attempts to quantify the quality and complexity of source code. Attention has since shifted away from the software product to the process by which it is produced, hence the current fashion for software process improvement. Meanwhile the nature of the product itself is changing rapidly due to another fashion: object-orientation. So has anything of lasting value been achieved during quarter of a century of research in product measurement? How should this research be viewed in the context of current developments in software engineering? I shall look at some industrial applications, the state of play in object-oriented metrics, and my own particular interest: program flowgraph functions.
Tuesday 28th November 1995, 14:30
Seminar Room 322
Department of Computer Science