Verifying Software by Use

by Philip Terry, Programming Mgr.; Burns & McDonnell, 4800 E. 63rd St., P.O. Box 419173, Kansas City, MO 64141-0173,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 6, Pg. 36-38

Document Type: Feature article


Terry proposes a new approach to software verification, in which computer programs would be verified each time they are used throughout the length of the project. He compares this to the usual current user approach to verification, which emphasizes upfront testing keyed to the user's manual. Terry describes how his approach will enhance design quality and guard against overreliance on computer data at the expense of professional judgment, and offers a series of guidelines for a use-based verification program.

Subject Headings: Verification | Computer software

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