An analysis of tools for automatic software development and automatic code generation

Keywords: Software development, code generation, automatic code generation, CASE, IDE


Software development is an important area in software engineering, which is why a wide range of techniques, methods, and approaches has emerged to facilitate software development automation. This paper presents an analysis and evaluation of tools for automated software development and automatic code generation in order to determine whether they meet a set of quality metrics. Diverse quality metrics were considered such as effectiveness, productivity, safety, and satisfaction in order to carry out a qualitative and quantitative evaluation. The tools evaluated are CASE tools, frameworks, and Integrated Development Environments (IDEs). The evaluation was conducted to measure not only the tools’ ability to be employed, but also their support for automated software development and automatic source code generation. The aim of this work is to provide a methodology and a brief review of the most important works to identify the main features of these works and present a comparative evaluation in qualitative and quantitative terms of quality metrics. This would provide software developers with the information they need to decide the tools that can be useful for them.

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Author Biographies

Giner Alor-Hernández, Instituto Tecnológico de Orizaba

Profesor Investigador
División de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación

Viviana Yarel Rosales-Morales, Instituto Tecnológico de Orizaba

Profesor Investigador
División de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación

Jorge Luis García Alcaráz, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial y Manufactura

Ramón Zatarain Cabada, Instituto Tecnológico de Culiacán

División de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación

María Lucía Barrón Estrada, Instituto Tecnológico de Culiacán

División de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación


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How to Cite
Alor-HernándezG., Rosales-MoralesV. Y., García AlcarázJ. L., Zatarain CabadaR., & Barrón EstradaM. L. (2015). An analysis of tools for automatic software development and automatic code generation. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (77), 75-87.