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Science and Substance: A Challenge to Software Engineers
July/August 1994 (vol. 11 no. 4)
pp. 86-95

For 25 years, software researchers have proposed improving software development and maintenance with new practices whose effectiveness is rarely, if ever, backed up by hard evidence. We suggest several ways to address the problem, and we challenge the community to invest in being more scientific.

Index Terms:
software engineering; software maintenance; software engineers; software researchers; software development; software maintenance; new practices; effectiveness; software community; scientific methodologies
Citation:
Norman Fenton, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Robert L. Glass, "Science and Substance: A Challenge to Software Engineers," IEEE Software, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 86-95, July-Aug. 1994, doi:10.1109/52.300094
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