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Issue No. 05 - Sept.-Oct. (2008 vol. 25)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 18-21
Arthur Ryman , IBM's Rational Division
Diomidis Spinellis , Athens University of Economics and Business
Software development tools often fail to deliver on inflated promises. Rather than the predicted progression toward ever-increasing levels of abstraction, two simple trends have driven the evolution of currently available software development tools: integration at the source-code level and a focus on quality. Thus source code has become the bus that tools tap into for communicating with other tools. Also, focus has shifted from defect removal in the later phases to defect prevention in the earlier phases. In the future, tools are likely to support higher levels of abstraction, perhaps in the form of domain-specific languages communicated using XML.
software development tools, abstraction, source code, quality, outlook

A. Ryman, D. Spinellis and S. Helsen, "Where's My Jetpack?," in IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. , pp. 18-21, 2008.
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