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ABSTRACT
<p>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.</p>
INDEX TERMS
software engineering; software maintenance; software engineers; software researchers; software development; software maintenance; new practices; effectiveness; software community; scientific methodologies
CITATION
Robert L. Glass, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Norman Fenton, "Science and Substance: A Challenge to Software Engineers", IEEE Software, vol. 11, no. , pp. 86-95, July/August 1994, doi:10.1109/52.300094
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