Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 7–12 | Cite as

The past, present, and future of experimental software engineering

  • Victor Robert Basili
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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 engineering experimentation context variables replication meta-analysis big science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Robert Basili
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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