III Moose philosophy
Software without philosophy is like a shell without a soul. This chapter opens the technological shell of Moose and reveals its soul.
Foremost Moose is a product by and for researchers. The marriage of tools and research is not straightforward: The cost of development is considered too high. It actually is, but without tools software engineering research does not reach its full potential. Chapter 24 presents the thesis that tools should be more prominent in software engineering research, and describes why Moose is a successful vehicle for software and data analysis research.
Second, Moose offers a new perspective on software and data assessment by empowering the analyst to explore the multiple facets of data. Chapter 25 describes this new perspective and discusses its practical implications.