We first articulate the theoretic difficulties with the existing metrics designed for predicting software maintainability. To overcome the difficulties, we propose to measure a purely internal and objective attribute of code, namely change impact dependency, and show how it can be modeled to predict real change impact. The proposed base measure can be further elaborated for evaluating software maintainability.
X. F. Liu, "A Change Impact Dependency Measure for Predicting the Maintainability of Source Code," Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference, 2004, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Jan 2004.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CMPSAC.2004.1342659
28th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference, 2004
Keywords and Phrases
Change Impact Dependency Measure; Quality Measurement; Software Maintainability; Software Maintenance; Software Metrics; Software Quality; Source Code Analysis
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