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The past, present, and future of experimental software engineering

  • Victor Robert Basili1
Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society12:BF03194492


This paper gives a 40 year overview of the evolution of experimental software engineering, from the past to the future, from a personal perspective. My hypothesis is that my work followed the evolution of the field. I use my own experiences and thoughts as a barometer of how the field has changed and present some opinions about where we need to go.


empirical software engineeringexperimentationcontext variablesreplicationmeta-analysisbig science