Issue No. 02 - March (1979 vol. 5)
A.L. Baker , Department of Computer and Information Science, Ohio State University
An investigation is made into the extent to which relationships from software science are useful in analyzing programming methodology principles that are concerned with modularity. Using previously published data from over 500 programs, it is shown that the software science effort measure provides quantitative answers to questions concerning the conditions under which modularization is beneficial. Among the issues discussed are the reduction of similar code sequences by temporary variable and subprogram defmition, and the use of global variables. Using data flow analysis, environmental considerations which affect the applicability of alternative modularity techniques are also discussed.
software science, Data flow analysis, modularity, operator and operand identification, program transformations, programming effort
S. Zweben and A. Baker, "The Use of Software Science in Evaluating Modularity Concepts," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 5, no. , pp. 110-120, 1979.