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End-User Software Engineering in the Spreadsheet Paradigm

Robin Abraham

ISBN 10: 3639146182 / ISBN 13: 9783639146189
Published by VDM Verlag, 2009
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: End-User Software Engineering in the ...

Publisher: VDM Verlag

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Spreadsheets are among the most widely used end- user programming systems. Unfortunately, there is a high incidence of errors in end-user spreadsheets, and some of these errors have high impact. In this book, we describe techniques we have developed to help end users develop safer spreadsheets. As part of our research, we have examined typical software development activities like programming, testing, and debugging from an end-user software engineering perspective, and developed approaches to support them better. These include techniques for (1) prevention of reference, range, and type errors by generating spreadsheets from user-defined templates, (2) detection of unit errors by carrying out automatic consistency checking of spreadsheet formulas using labels within spreadsheets, (3) detection of faults within spreadsheets by helping end users test better using constraint- based automatic test-case generation, and (4) correction of identified faults within spreadsheet formulas using a spreadsheet debugger that exploits the user's expectations about the output of their spreadsheets.

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Robin Abraham is a Program Manager with the WinSE group at Microsoft. His research interests include software engineering, end-user software engineering, and programming language design. He received his PhD and MS degrees from Oregon State University, and BTech (Honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

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