Issue No. 02 - March (1980 vol. 6)
null Pei Hsia , Department of Computer Science, University of Alabama
Programmers, even in well-organized software environments which utilize some modern software engineering practices, are often lacking of a discipline in their individual programming effort. There has not been an emphasis on discipline in progamming practice, as is traditional in other engineering and scientific fields' instruction. A framework organized to be suitable for early presentation and developing usage is presented and evaluated. It integrates the notions of top-down design, stepwise refinement, structured flowcharting, test case description, and analysis in the context of a framework for systematically developing and concurrently documenting programs. The framework was evaluated in actual usage during introductory programming instruction by comparing it to a typical conventional approach. A comparison of programming effort showed only a 16 percent increase in time required in the disciplined approach, which certainly makes it feasible for introductory instruction. Program quality comparisons were carried out by a comprehensive testing for logic errors in the completed projects. The results were impressively favorable for the disciplined approach.
test planning, Comparative evaluation, concurrent documentation, programming discipline, project notebook, test case description
F. Petry and n. Pei Hsia, "A Framework for Discipline in Programming," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 6, no. , pp. 226-232, 1980.