Accession Number : AD0760819

Title :   Research Toward Ways of Improving Software Maintenance: RICASM Final Report.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for May 72-Jan 73,

Corporate Author : CIRAD CLAREMONT CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Overton,R. K. ; Colen,P. ; Freeman,P. ; Wersan,S. J. ; Veigel,M. L.

Report Date : JAN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 183

Abstract : As steps toward making it easier to maintain computer programs, studies were made of some fundamental aspects of the work. The evidence indicates that (1) before a person can modify a program efficiently, he needs to be able to trace the structure into which the modification has to fit, and recognize the conceptual blocks of which the structure is built; (2) it should be possible to specify, and set some standards for, maintainability-affecting features of programming languages, and the style and structure of programs; (3) physical characteristics of terminal displays can handicap or help the maintenance programmer, and displays of lists of cues and probabilities may also help him. Future developments, based on these points, were recommended. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MAINTENANCE), MAINTAINABILITY, CORRECTIONS, PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE