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An Empirical Study of the Object-Oriented Paradigm and Software Reuse

Lewis, John A. and Henry, Sallie M. and Kafura, Dennis G. and Schulman, Robert S. (1991) An Empirical Study of the Object-Oriented Paradigm and Software Reuse. Technical Report TR-91-06, Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Little or no empirical validation exists for many of software engineering's basic assumptions. While some of these assumptions are intuitive, the need for scientific experimentation remains clear. Several assumptions are made about the factors affecting software reuse, and in particular, the role of the object-oriented paradigm. This paper describes the preliminary results of a controlled experiment designed to evaluate the impact of the object-oriented paradigm on software reuse. The experiment concludes that (1) the object-oriented paradigm substantially improves productivity, although a significant part of this improvement is due to the effect of reuse, (2) reuse without regard to language paradigm improves productivity, (3) language differences are far more important when programmers reuse than when they do not, and (4) the object-oriented paradigm has a particular affinity to the reuse process.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Subjects:Computer Science > Historical Collection(Till Dec 2001)
ID Code:253
Deposited By:User autouser
Deposited On:05 December 2001