Computer aided software engineering CASE Tools Advantages Disadvantages


Computer aided software engineering CASE

Computer aided software engineering CASE is the application of computer-assisted tools and methods in software development to ensure a high-quality and defect-free software.

  • Computer aided software engineering CASE ensures a check-pointed and disciplined approach and helps designers, developers, testers, managers and others to see the project milestones during development.
  • It can serve as a repository for project-related documents like business plans, requirements and design specifications.
  • Delivery of the final product is more likely to meet real-world requirements as it ensures that customers remain part of the process.

Now we briefly go through various Computer aided software engineering CASE tools

1. Diagram tools:

  • These tools are used to represent system components, data and control flow among various software components and system structure in a graphical form.
  • For example, Flow Chart Maker tool for creating state-of-the-art flowcharts.

2. Process Modeling Tools:

  •  Process modeling is method to create software process model, which is used to develop the software.
  •  Process modeling tools help the managers to choose a process model or modify it as per the requirement of software product.
  • For example, EPF Composer.

3. Project Management Tools:

  • These tools are used for project planning, cost and effort estimation, project scheduling and resource planning.
  • For example, Creative Pro Office, Trac Project, Basecamp.

4. Analysis Tools:

  • These tools help to gather requirements, automatically check for any inconsistency, inaccuracy in the diagrams, data redundancies or erroneous omissions.
  • For example, Accept 360, Accompa, CaseComplete for requirement analysis, Visible Analyst for total analysis.

7. Design Tools:

  • These tools help software designers to design the block structure of the software, which may further be broken down in smaller modules using refinement techniques.
  • For example, Animated Software Design.

8. Programming Tools:

  • These tools consist of programming environments like IDE, in-built modules library and simulation tools.
  • For example, Cscope to search code in C, Eclipse.

9. Web Development Tools:

  • These tools assist in designing web pages with all allied elements like forms, text, script, graphic and so on.
  • For example, Fontello, Adobe Edge Inspect, Foundation 3, Brackets.

10. Quality Assurance Tools:

  • Quality assurance tools consist of configuration and change control tools and software testing tools.
  • For example, SoapTest, AppsWatch, JMeter.

 


Advantages of CASE Tools:

  • Reduce the cost as they automate many repetitive manual tasks.
  • Reduce development time of the project as they support standardization and avoid repetition and reuse.
  • Develop better quality complex projects as they provide greater consistency and
    coordination.
  • Create good quality documentation.
  • Create systems that are maintainable because of proper control of configuration item that support traceability requirements.

 


Disadvantages of using CASE Tools:

  • Produce initial system that is more expensive to build and maintain.
  • Require more extensive and accurate definitions of user needs and requirements.
  • May be difficult to customize.
  • Require training of maintenance staff.
  • May be difficult to use with existing system.

 

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