Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Name

Computer Science

Department or School/College

Department of Computer Science

Committee Chair

Joel Henry

Commitee Members

Douglas Raiford, Shawn Clouse


content management systems, object oriented design metrics, quality, web application design


University of Montana


The World Wide Web makes it easier for organizations and people to share information across great distances at a minimal cost. In addition, governments and businesses are beginning to offer services on the World Wide Web to their respective populations and customers. Unlike traditional desktop based applications where the programming language used are most likely Object Oriented (OO) based languages such as C++ or Java, most web applications are built upon more lightweight scripting languages. These languages typically don’t support all the OO features that more traditional languages support. In addition, some web applications are dependent on external web services or applications. These differences make it difficult to use traditional measuring techniques such as Quality Measurements in Object Oriented Design to quantify the complexity of a web application or its quality. This paper will propose a set of measurements derived from traditional Object Oriented metrics such as QMOOD, and attempt to use them on two Content Management Systems; Drupal and WordPress. These measurements will try to quantify the size and complexity of the two content management systems and make comparisons between them.



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