Published Online: 16 MAR 2009
Copyright © 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering
How to Cite
Sinha, A. and Yilmaz, C. 2009. Software Metrics. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 2621–2635.
- Published Online: 16 MAR 2009
Software metric is a generalized term used to express a measure that assesses some property of a software product, a software development process, or some artifact produced during a software development process. Measurement and experimentation have been the basis for studies in almost all scientific disciplines. The importance of measurement can be underlined by the oftea-quoted statement from Lord Kelvin
When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge of it is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced it to the stage of science.
-Sir William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1824–1907)
- expert opinion based;
- parametric model based;
- object-oriented design;
- lines of code;