It is now recognized that software tools can assist in all activities of all phases of the software life cycle, including management and quality-assurance activities. Thus a comprehensive set would address such issues as requirements specification, design, validation, configuration control, and project management. Such tools would frequently form part of an integrated software engineering environment.
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