Beatriz Mora, Félix García, Francisco Ruiz, Mario Piattini, Artur Boronat, Abel Gómez, José Á. Carsí, Isidro Ramos


At present the objective of obtaining quality software products has led to the necessity of carrying out good software processes management in which measurement is a fundamental factor. Due to the great diversity of entities involved in software measurement, a consistent framework is necessary to integrate the different entities in the measurement process. In this work a Software Measurement Framework (SMF) is presented to measure any type of software entity. In this framework, any software entity in any domain could be measured with a common Software Measurement metamodel and QVT transformations. This work explains the three fundamental elements of the Software Measurement Framework (conceptual architecture, technological aspects and method). These elements have all been adapted to the MDE paradigm and to MDA technology, taking advantage of their benefits within the field of software measurement. Furthermore an example which illustrates the framework’s application to a concrete domain is furthermore shown.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Mora B., García F., Ruiz F., Piattini M., Boronat A., Gómez A., Á. Carsí J. and Ramos I. (2008). SOFTWARE MEASUREMENT BY USING QVT TRANSFORMATIONS IN AN MDA CONTEXT . In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-8111-36-4, pages 117-124. DOI: 10.5220/0001677901170124

in Bibtex Style

author={Beatriz Mora and Félix García and Francisco Ruiz and Mario Piattini and Artur Boronat and Abel Gómez and José Á. Carsí and Isidro Ramos},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS,
SN - 978-989-8111-36-4
AU - Mora B.
AU - García F.
AU - Ruiz F.
AU - Piattini M.
AU - Boronat A.
AU - Gómez A.
AU - Á. Carsí J.
AU - Ramos I.
PY - 2008
SP - 117
EP - 124
DO - 10.5220/0001677901170124