An Evaluation of the Flex Programming Support Environment,
ROYAL SIGNALS AND RADAR ESTABLISHMENT MALVERN (ENGLAND)
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Flex 1,2,3, and 4 is a multi-language PSe intended to be used for developing programs and software prototypes and for testing new ideas on software methods and designs. It demonstrates the implementation and use of some ideas for improving productivity both in program development and maintenance. It provides users with a large amount of software for programmer support but does not currently provide tools for hosttarget software development or for phases of the software development cycle other than programming, such as tools for project management or software design. Such tools could be developed. This is a personnel reaction to the Flex programming support environment PSE developed at RSRE, Malvern. The paper discusses the features needed for programming support and evaluates how well the Flex PSE satisfies these needs and how it avoids some problems familiar to users of conventional systems.
- Computer Programming and Software