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Advances in Software Engineering
Volume 2011, Article ID 495232, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/495232
Research Article

ReMoFP: A Tool for Counting Function Points from UML Requirement Models

1Synergia, Department of Computer Science, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG 31270-010, Brazil
2Department of Computer Science, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG 31270-010, Brazil

Received 20 December 2010; Accepted 16 February 2011

Academic Editor: Letha Hughes Etzkorn

Copyright © 2011 Vitor A. Batista et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Function Point Analysis (FPA) is a widely used technique for measuring software size. It measures software functionality from the user's perspective, usually based on a requirements description. In many software processes, these requirements are represented by UML models. Although there have been attempts to automate the measurement process, FPA counting requires a considerable amount of interpretation which, to be reliable, should be made by experts. On the other hand, fully manual counting methods usually fail to keep synchronized with the requirements model, since requirements frequently change during the development cycle. This paper describes an approach for counting FPA and a compliant tool. This approach makes use of UML requirement models. The tool, called ReMoFP (Requirement Model Function Point counter), leaves all the counting decisions to the analyst, but supports him by ensuring consistency with the requirements represented in the models. The ReMoFP was developed by a software development laboratory in Brazil, and helped it to improve counting productivity, consistency, and maintainability.