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Documentation Methods and Reusability: an Experimental Evaluation
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Computer Science.
2004 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This document presents an experimental evaluation carried out during the summer of 2003 in an academic environment. The goal of the experiment was to compare how different methods of documenting semantic information affect software reuse. More specifically, we wanted to measure if there were any differences between the methods with regard to the time needed to implement changes to existing software. Four methods of documentation were used; executable contracts, non-executable contracts, Javadoc-style documentation and sequence diagrams. The experimental setup used was a factorial design with documentation method as the treatment, and with test persons and assignments as blocking variables. The results indicate that executable contracts demanded more time than the other three methods and that sequence diagrams and Javadoc demanded the least time. ANOVA-tests on the data indicates that there were statistically significant differences between the methods

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2004.
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Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-18423OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-18423DiVA, id: diva2:592054
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Promote IT 2004, Karlstad, Sweden, May 2004
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2018-01-11

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