Preface to the Third Edition
The first edition of Applied Software Measurement was published in 1991. The second edition was published in 1996. Thus about 18 years have passed since the original data was first collected, put into book form, and published.
Many changes have occurred in the software industry between 1991 and 2008. In 1991, personal computers were in their infancy and the World Wide Web was just beginning to move from Europe to the United States, where an early version was installed at the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) in California.
In 1991, the function point metric was just starting to become the de facto standard for measuring ...