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Issue No.06 - November/December (2003 vol.20)
pp: 35-39
Timothy C. Lethbridge , University of Ottawa
Janice Singer , National Research Council
Andrew Forward , Deloitte Consulting
ABSTRACT
<p>Three large industrial studies explored how software engineers use and maintain documentation. The studies confirm the widely held belief that most software engineers don?t update most software documentation in a timely manner. The only notable exception is documentation types that are highly structured and easy to maintain, such as test cases and inline comments. The studies also show that out-of-date documentation, especially that containing high-level abstractions, might remain useful.</p>
INDEX TERMS
D.210.b Design notations and documentation, D.2.7.c Documentation, D.2.17g Code documentation
CITATION
Timothy C. Lethbridge, Janice Singer, Andrew Forward, "How Software Engineers Use Documentation: The State of the Practice", IEEE Software, vol.20, no. 6, pp. 35-39, November/December 2003, doi:10.1109/MS.2003.1241364
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