Using the Microcomputer in the Software Development Process

by Rochelle Barkin, US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Water Issues and Computer Applications


The migration of the computer from the controlled environment of a computer room to the office desk-top provides the software engineer with a convenient and effective tool for enhancing and improving the software development process. The microcomputer hardware, coupled with modest off-line-shelf graphics, word processing, and prototyping software brings the fundamentals of a more expensive computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) tool to the software developer's desk. The particular application used in this example is a microcomputer program being developed by the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC), Corps of Engineers, for the Federal Highway Administration. The program provides the capability to study the relationships between desired accuracy for a water surface profile analysis, technology and accuracy of map data for defining stream channel geometry, the area extent of needed data collection, and the cost of acquiring the needed data.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Computer aided operations | Computer analysis | Stream channels | Coupling | Federal government | Graphic methods | Hydrologic data

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