Title page for ETD etd-10132010-020108
|Type of Document
||Humphrey, Matthew Cameron
||Comparison of an object-oriented programming language to a procedural programming language for effectiveness in program maintenance
||Master of Science
||Computer Science and Applications
|Henry, Sallie M.
|Hartson, H. Rex
|Hix, Deborah S.
|Kafura, Dennis G.
|Date of Defense
New software tools and methodologies make claims that managers often believe intuitively
without evidence. Many unsupported claims have been made about object-oriented
programming. However, without rigorous scientific evidence, it is impossible to accept
these claims as valid. Although experimentation has been done in the past, most of the
research is very recent and the most relevant research has serious drawbacks. This study
attempts to empirically verify the claim that object-oriented languages produce programs that
are more easily maintained than those programmed with procedural languages.
Measurements of subjects performing maintenance tasks onto two identical programs, one
object-oriented and the other procedure-oriented show the object-oriented version to be more
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