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Experience Report on the Effect of Software Development Characteristics on Change Distribution

 
: Gupta, A.; Conradi, R.; Shull, F.; Cruzes, D.; Ackermann, C.; Ronneberg, H.; Landre, E.

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Jedlitschka, Andreas (Ed.); Salo, Outi (Ed.):
9th International Conference on Product-focused software process improvement, PROFES 2008. Proceedings : Monte Porzio Catone, Italy, June 23-25, 2008
Berlin: Springer, 2008 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5089)
ISBN: 978-3-540-69564-6
ISBN: 3-540-69564-8
pp.158-173
International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES) <9, 2008, Monte Porzio Catone>
English
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IESE ()
software reuse; software quality; case study

Abstract
This paper reports on an industrial case study in a large Norwegian Oil and Gas company (StatoilHydro ASA) involving a reusable Java-class framework and an application that uses that framework. We analyzed software changes from three releases of the framework and the application. On the basis of our analysis of the data, we found that perfective and corrective changes account for the majority of changes in both the reusable framework and the non-reusable application. Although adaptive changes are more frequent and has longer active time in the reusable framework, it went through less refactoring compared to the non-reusable application. For the non-reusable application we saw preventive changes as more frequent and with longer active time. We also found that designing for reuse seems to lead to fewer changes, as well as we saw a positive effect on doing refactoring.

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