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Software Qualities

by jeffa (Chancellor)
on Jun 13, 2003 at 12:58 UTC ( #265661=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to IYHO, what do you consider good code?

I can't remember who created this list, but this is what i was taught in college. This is a very generic list of qualities, but one that should be reflected upon often:

correctness
does the software behave as specified?
reliability
can we depend upon this software?
robustness
how well does software behave beyond what it is required to do?
performance
is the software efficient? scalable?
user friendliness
human-computer interaction
verifiability
test test test!!
maintainability
be sure that whomever takes over your code does not know where you live
resuability
can others use this wheel for their needs?
portability
does it run on other platforms? will a lot of changes be required to do so?
understandability
can others understand your code? did you try to ensure that others can understand it?
interoperability
how well does this software work with other software?
productivity
measurement of the development process, not necessarily how productive the software itself is
timeliness
ability to meet your deadline
visibility
is the documentation clear to internal and external users of the software?

jeffa

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