Ralph D. Neal

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In order to improve productivity (and quality), measurement of specific aspects of software has become imperative. As object oriented programming languages have become more widely used, metrics designed specifically for object-oriented software are required. Recently a large number of new metrics for objectoriented software has appeared in the literature.(More)
Jacob L. Cybulski a, Ralph D. (Butch) Neal b, Anthony Kram c and Jeffrey C. Allen d a Department of Information Systems, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic 3052, Australia E-mail: j.cybulski@dis.unimelb.edu.au b NASA/WVU Software Research Lab, 100 University Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554, USA c Motorola, 1501 W. Shure Drive 2F1, Arlington Heights, IL(More)
In the pursuit of ever increasing productivity, the need to be able to measure specific aspects of software is generally agreed upon. As object oriented programming languages are becoming more and more widely used, metrics specifically designed for object oriented software are required. In recent years there has been an explosion of new, object oriented(More)
This paper looks at the independent verification and validation (IV&V) of NASA’s Space Shuttle Day of Launch I-Load Update (DoLILU) project. IV&V is defined. The system’s development life cycle is explained. Data collection and analysis are described. DoLILU Issue Tracking Reports (DITRs) authored by IV&V personnel are analyzed to determine the(More)
This paper looks closely at each of the software metrics generated by the McCabe Object-Oriented ToolTM and its ability to convey timely information to developers. The metrics are examined for meaningfulness in terms of the scale assignable to the metric by the rules of measurement theory and the software dimension being measured. Recommendations are made(More)
In order to control the quality of software and the software development process, it is important to understand the measurement of software. A first step toward a better comprehension of software measurement is the categorization of software measures by some meaningful taxonomy. The most worthwhile taxonomy would capture the fundamental nature of the(More)
This technical report is a product of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Software Program, an agency wide program to promote continual improvement of software engineering within NASA. The goals and strategies of this program are documented in the NASA software strategic plan, July 13, 1995. Abstract In order to improve productivity(More)
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