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Measuring software evolution at a nuclear fusion experiment site: a test case for the applicability of OO and reuse metrics in software characterization

Authors
Journal
Information and Software Technology
0950-5849
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
44
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0950-5849(02)00079-4
Keywords
  • Software Evolution
  • Object-Oriented Metrics
  • Reuse Metrics
Disciplines
  • Design

Abstract

Abstract A set of software metrics has been used to provide empirical evidence on how code organization changes when a software product evolves. A Java application for graphical data display used in experimental physics has been used as a test case. Exploiting common patterns in the way software applications evolve is desirable as it would give designers and managers a better understanding of the software process. The analysis in which framework reuse has also been considered, highlighted a limited use of the inheritance mechanism and, despite an increase in the overall complexity, a substantial invariance of the internal application organization. This fact is explained by the increasing framework usage and integration during the product's lifetime.

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