Distinguishing between learning, growth and evolution

Phillips, Nigel and Black, Sue E. (2005) Distinguishing between learning, growth and evolution. In: Proceedings of the IEEE International Workshop on Software Evolvability, 26 September 2005, Budapest, Hungary. IEEE, pp. 49-52. ISBN 0769524605

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IWSE.2005.5


Systems are not expected to stay the same over many versions; if there were no change at all there would be no improvement or continued satisfaction with a system. Lehman's laws of software evolution look at how a system changes over time. The current set of laws is now accepted as fundamental to the teaching and understanding of software engineering. This paper describes the terms "learning", "growth" and "evolution" from a biological perspective with a view to using and applying these ideas to an initial framework for the categorisation of software. The purpose is to classify software systems and thus understand more about their behaviour and characteristics.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Electronics and Computer Science, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 11:48
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2010 11:48
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/7155

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