Date of Award

1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering

First Advisor

Dr Ken Mullin

Abstract

Function Point Analysis (FPA) is a synthetic software estimation metric used for computing the size and complexity of applications. It was first introduced by Allan. J. Albrecht during the mid-seventies, as a result of a lengthy research based on applications that were developed using COBOL and PL/1 programming languages. The purpose of this research· is to investigate the possibility, and the most effective method, of automatically performing a Function Point Analysis on Oracle applications that consist of Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports. The research revealed a seemingly lack of other researches on this topic. As FPA was invented a few years prior to the birth of Oracle, and consequently that of fourth-generation languages, it had to be tailored to suit the fourth-generation language Oracle tools used to develop the Oracle applications. This experiment provided a proof of concept and resulted in a software that achieved its objective of automatically calculating Oracle applications, consisting of Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports, in an a posteriori manner.

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