Evaluation of Ada Environments. Executive Summary. Chapter 1 and 2.
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST
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An important goal of the Software Engineering Institute is to assess advanced software development technologies and disseminate those that appear promising. Ada Programming Support Environments APSEs have already been developed under government contract and for the commercial marketplace, and more are certain to follow. Such environments play key roles in increasing the productivity of software engineers, in improving the quality of embedded systems software, and in reducing the cost of producing and maintaining software. The initial purpose of the Evaluation of Ada Environments project was to determine the suitability of the ArmyNavy Ada Language System ALS and the Air Force Ada Integrated Environment AIE for application to software engineering activities. The ALS was delivered to SEI in late 1985 and the AIE has yet to be completed as of the middle of 1986. Early in the project a decision was made to develop a systematic methodology for evaluation of environments and to include a number of commercial environments in the study. These environments were extensions of existing operating systems, but included toolsets rich enough to be considered Minimal Ada Programming Support Environments MAPSEs. The full report of the study provides a detailed description of the methodology and examples of its usage. Chapter 3 gives the results of the System Management experiment group. Chapter 4 gives the results of the Configuration Management experiment group. Chapter 5 presents the results of the Design and Code Development experiment group. Chapter 6 gives the results of the Test and Debug experiment group.
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