Accession Number : ADA320731

Title :   Coming Attractions in Program Understanding.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan-Aug 96,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST

Personal Author(s) : Tilley, Scott R. ; Smith, Dennis B.

PDF Url : ADA320731

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : Program understanding is the (ill-defined) deductive process of acquiring knowledge about a software artifact through analysis, abstraction, and generalization. This report identifies some of the emerging technologies in program understanding. We present technical capabilities currently under development that may be of significant benefit to practitioners within five years. Three areas of work are explored: investigating cognitive aspects, developing support mechanisms, and maturing the practice.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *DATA ACQUISITION, *ARTIFACTS, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, COMPREHENSION.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE