A Framework of the Software Process Based on Object-Oriented Methods




Boyer, Carol

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the application of object-oriented techniques as a systematic method for describing the software engineering process. The proposed research questions and criteria for evaluating the object-oriented model are: (1) Does the model facilitate a clear understanding of the process activities and their relationships?; (2) Does the model provide a well defined approach to specifying the dynamic and concurrent nature of the software engineering process?; (3) Does the model provide various levels of detail?; and, (4) Is the model reuseable in various environments? This thesis proposes an object-oriented model of the software development process which unites standardization and flexibility by providing a basic model framework that can be expanded to meet the needs of the project. Simulations are conducted on the object-oriented model and compared to existing models and evaluated on the criteria above. This thesis research is based on two primary sources of data: (1) an overview of the current practice described in the literature; and (2) the results of simulations of the object-oriented software process model prototype.



object-oriented programming, software engineering


Boyer, C.A. (1992). A framework of the software process based on object-oriented methods (Unpublished thesis). Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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