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Title: Prolonging the life of software

Abstract

Presented here are methods for successfully controlling software maintenance activity so that present systems will be more useful and less expensive to support. While it is based on experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory, it is not based on solutions developed and implemented there. Los Alamos is presently struggling with the problems identified in this paper and is impacted by them to the same extent as the rest of industry. An idea has emerged from this struggle: the deterioration of production software is basically a quality control problem which can and should be solved. Many data processing shops currently have two options concerning old (over five years), marginally useful systems; pay the high cost of supporting them or undertake a rewrite. If the principles presented in this paper are applied, a third option may become available; prolonging the useful life of software by making it more cost-effective to support.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6934795
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 6934795; Legacy ID: DE84001722
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-83-3085; CONF-840710-1
ON: DE84001722
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: National computer conference, Las Vegas, NV, USA, 1 Jul 1984
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; COMPUTER CODES; MAINTENANCE; DATA PROCESSING; LASL; MANAGEMENT; PROGRAMMING; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; PROCESSING; US AEC; US DOE; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS 990200* -- Mathematics & Computers

Citation Formats

Connell, J., and Brice, L. Prolonging the life of software. United States: N. p., 1984. Web.
Connell, J., & Brice, L. Prolonging the life of software. United States.
Connell, J., and Brice, L. Sun . "Prolonging the life of software". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6934795.
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abstractNote = {Presented here are methods for successfully controlling software maintenance activity so that present systems will be more useful and less expensive to support. While it is based on experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory, it is not based on solutions developed and implemented there. Los Alamos is presently struggling with the problems identified in this paper and is impacted by them to the same extent as the rest of industry. An idea has emerged from this struggle: the deterioration of production software is basically a quality control problem which can and should be solved. Many data processing shops currently have two options concerning old (over five years), marginally useful systems; pay the high cost of supporting them or undertake a rewrite. If the principles presented in this paper are applied, a third option may become available; prolonging the useful life of software by making it more cost-effective to support.},
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year = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1984},
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