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A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools

  • September 1987
  • By Robert Firth, Vicky Mosley, Richard D. Pethia, Lauren Roberts Gold, William G. Wood
  • 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
  • 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.

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SEI

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, Carnegie Mellon University. 1987. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10267

IEEE

Firth. Robert, Mosley. Vicky, Pethia. Richard, Roberts Gold. Lauren, and Wood. William, "A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-87-TR-010 , 1987. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10267

APA

Firth, Robert., Mosley, Vicky., Pethia, Richard., Roberts Gold, Lauren., & Wood, William. (1987). A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools (CMU/SEI-87-TR-010 ). Retrieved October 19, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10267

CHI

Robert Firth, Vicky Mosley, Richard Pethia, Lauren Roberts Gold, & William Wood. A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools (CMU/SEI-87-TR-010 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1987. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10267

MLA

Firth, Robert., Mosley, Vicky., Pethia, Richard., Roberts Gold, Lauren., & Wood, William. 1987. A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools (Technical Report CMU/SEI-87-TR-010 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10267

BibTex

@techreport{FirthAGuide1987,
title={A Guide to the Classification and Assessment of Software Engineering Tools},
author={Robert Firth and Vicky Mosley and Richard Pethia and Lauren Roberts Gold and William Wood},
year={1987},
number={CMU/SEI-87-TR-010 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10267} }