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This report describes an empirical study comparing three defect detection techniques: a) code reading by stepwise abstraction, b) functional testing using equivalence partitioning and boundary value analysis, and c) structural testing using branch coverage. It is a replica-tion of a study that has been carried out at least four times previously over the(More)
Software inspection is one of the best methods of verifying software documents. Software inspection is a complex process, with many possible variations, most of which have received little or no evaluation. This paper reports on the evaluation of one component of the inspection process, detection aids, specifically using Scenario or Checklist approaches. The(More)
Recently we have witnessed a welcomed increase in the amount of empirical evaluation of Software Engineering methods and concepts. It is hoped that this increase will lead to establishing Software Engineering as a well-deened subject with a sound scientiically proven underpinning rather than a topic based upon unsubstantiated theories and personal belief.(More)
This paper describes the development and experimental evaluation of a rigorous approach for effective object-oriented (OO) code inspection. Since their development, inspections have been shown to be powerful defect detection strategies but little research has been done to investigate their application to OO systems, which have very different structural and(More)
This empirical research was undertaken as part of a multi-method programme of research to investigate unsupported claims made of object-oriented technology. A series of subject-based laboratory experiments, including an internal replication, tested the effect of inheritance depth on the maintainability of object-oriented software. Subjects were timed(More)
Software inspection is now widely accepted as an effective technique for defect detection. This acceptance is largely based on studies using procedural program code. This paper presents empirical evidence that raises significant questions about the application of inspection to object-oriented code. A detailed analysis of the 'hard to find' defects during an(More)
This report describes an empirical study comparing three defect detection techniques: (a) code reading by stepwise abstraction, (b) functional testing using equivalence partitioning and boundary value analysis, and (c) structural testing using branch coverage. It is a replication of a study that has been carried out at least four times previously over the(More)