Abstract

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.

Meeting Name

28th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference, 2004

Department(s)

Computer Science

Keywords and Phrases

Change Impact Dependency Measure; Quality Measurement; Software Maintainability; Software Maintenance; Software Metrics; Software Quality; Source Code Analysis

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0730-3157

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2004 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

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