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VALIDATING SQUID IN REAL ENVIRONMENTS

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The goal of the VALSE project was to evaluate the SQUID methodology and toolset in a variety of different circumstances. SQUID was originally developed under an ESPRIT project as a method of quantitative software quality control. It addresses the problem of specifying, monitoring and evaluating the quality of software products. SQUID is a general purpose method of software quality control that needs to be configured to users needs. It, therefore, needs to be validated by different organisations to achieve different goals.

The VALSE project aimed to undertake three evaluations in order to demonstrate the wide applicability of SQUID:
- as part of an independent third-party quality evaluation of a software product.
- to evaluate software components of a major engineering project aimed at establishing an automated scientific station in Antarctica controlled remotely from Rome for use during the winter.
- to establish quality control procedures on a library of software objects produced by a major bank.

These evaluations took place in Germany, UK, and Italy, which provided the VALSE project with the opportunity of exploring not only a wide variety of application domains, but also whether or not there were cultural differences in the use of the SQUID toolset.

The planned results of the project were:
- the results of the three evaluation exercises, which identified the costs-benefits of the SQUID approach and any barriers to the take-up of the technology
- dissemination of the results of the evaluation exercises via public conferences and journal papers
- extensions to the SQUID toolset. This covered two areas: identification of any additional facilities needed in a commercial version of SQUID and extensions to the knowledge base.

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