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Effort estimation for assembler coding.

 
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surya.kalyan

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:19 pm    Post subject: Effort estimation for assembler coding.
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Hi all,

Is it possible to estimate the effort involved in an assembler change/development request?

Any article explaining the factors which may have to considered?

Any help in this regard will be appreciated.

I understand that it depends on experience, but a fair method to estimate is what I am looking for.


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Robert Sample

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:26 pm    Post subject:
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Googling "programming time estimate" yields over 500,000 results.
Googling "function point" yields over 200,000 results.

Probably some assembler mentions in there.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:32 pm    Post subject:
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Thanks for your reply.

But, before posting I did that. I didnt find any useful links.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Effort estimation for assembler coding.
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Is this both Batch and CICS Assembler? Are you converting to a Mainframe HLL (such as COBOL) or is this a move to a completely different platform, using (for example) .Net and C++?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:07 am    Post subject:
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The system is already in place written in pure batch assembler. Doesnt even use any kind of database. It only uses files.
Any kind of migration of rewriting is not taking place. Its just that we may add new functionality to it based on business requirements.

Based on analysis of requirements and the various kinds of changes we may have to do in the code, do we have a opensource software estimation model basically to estimate the effort.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:14 am    Post subject:
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Hello,

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Is it possible to estimate the effort involved in an assembler change/development request?
Sometimes. . .

The more well known the requirement, the more experience with the same kind of assembler code (no it is surely not all the same) by those who are to do the work, as well as more than a beginner level of developer can help prepare a usable estimate.

If tasks like this are bid, they are quite often done as time & materials rather than a fixed-price bid.

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do we have a opensource software estimation model basically to estimate the effort.
Not that i'm aware of.

If this is a large undertaking, suggest your group work on a couple of trivial enhancements and a couple that are more significant. Learning from these may help estimate the overall requirement. Estimating in an unfamiliar environment is more art than science.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply to: Effort estimation for assembler coding.
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The following links may help -

http://www.assembler-cobol-konvertierung.de/index_e.htm

http://www.converte.com/indexi.htm

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