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Periodically someone asks for examples of successful or non-successful uses of fill-in-the-blank software engineering technology In truth this is a difficult if not impossible request to fulfill Why There are several reasons - Small examples which are easily understood can be and often are handily dismissed as toy as opposed to real applications - It is difficult to justify the cost of a large significant test case eg Aron 1969 and Baker and Mills 1973 When fill-in-the-blank software engineering technology is used on a real project accurate and detailed records are seldom kept Thus the results are often anecdotal Even if accurate and detailed records are kept it may be difficult to make any meaningful comparisons since there may be few if any statistics for other similar projects which did not use fill-in-the-blank technology - The results of a large-scale use of fill-in-the-blank technology are seldom if ever all positive or all negative This allows different interpretations for the same information One of the major problems is that success ie what must be specifically shown to declare the technology viable is seldom defined before the project begins The all-too-regrettable and all-too-frequent languagetechnology jihads holy wars often result from different interpretations of the same information - The example is for a particular application domain eg real-time embedded systems Those with differing domains eg MIS can assert that the example is irrelevant for their domains - In the case of a technology which may be implemented using a number of different programming languages the number of problems increases dramatically eg - Some will observe that the example uses a programming language which they do not cannot or will not use Thus making the example worthless -- as far as they are concerned Bibliography none
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