Issue No.02 - March (1979 vol.5)
D. Comer , Department of Computer Science, Purdue University
In this paper we: 1) discuss the need for quantitatively reproducible experiments in the study of top-down design; 2) propose the design and writing of tutorial papers as a suitably general and inexpensive vehicle; 3) suggest the software science parameters as appropriate metrics; 4) report two experiments validating the use of these metrics on outlines and prose; and 5) demonstrate that the experiments tended toward the same optimal modularity.
top-down design, Modularity, software science, technical writing
D. Comer, M.H. Halstead, "A Simple Experiment in Top-Down Design", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol.5, no. 2, pp. 105-109, March 1979, doi:10.1109/TSE.1979.234166