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Copyright © tutorialspoint.com SOFTWARE DESIGN COMPLEXITY SOFTWARE DESIGN COMPLEXITY The term complexity stands for state of events or things, which have multiple interconnected links and highly complicated structures. In software programming, as the design of software is realized, the number of elements and their interconnections gradually emerge to be huge, which becomes too difficult to understand at once. Software design complexity is difficult to assess without using complexity metrics and measures. Let us see three important software complexity measures. Halstead's Complexity Measures In 1977, Mr. Maurice Howard Halstead introduced metrics to measure software complexity. Halstead’s metrics depends upon the actual implementation of program and its measures, which are computed directly from the operators and operands from source code, in static manner. It allows to evaluate testing time, vocabulary, size, difficulty, errors, and efforts for C/C++/Java source code. According to Halstead, “A computer program is an implementation of an algorithm considered to be a collection of tokens which can be classified as either operators or operands”. Halstead metrics think a program as sequence of operators and their associated operands. He defines various indicators to check complexity of module. Parameter Meaning n1 Number of unique operators n2 Number of unique operands N1 Number of total occurrence of operators N2 Number of total occurrence of operands When we select source file to view its complexity details in Metric Viewer, the following result is seen in Metric Report: Metric Meaning Mathematical Representation n Vocabulary n1 + n2
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