Establishing the Source Code Disruption Caused by Automated Remodularisation Tools

by Mathew Hall, Muhammad Khojaye, Neil Walkinshaw and Phil McMinn

International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2014)



Current software remodularisation tools only operate on abstractions of a software system. In this paper, we inves- tigate the actual impact of automated remodularisation on source code using a tool that automatically applies remodularisations as refactorings. This shows us that a typical remodularisation (as computed by the Bunch tool) will require changes to thousands of lines of code, spread throughout the system (typically no code files remain untouched). In a typical multi-developer project this presents a serious integration challenge, and could contribute to the low uptake of such tools in an industrial context. We relate these findings with our ongoing ... [more]


Reference

Mathew Hall, Muhammad Khojaye, Neil Walkinshaw and Phil McMinn. Establishing the Source Code Disruption Caused by Automated Remodularisation Tools. International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2014), pp. 466–470, 2014


Bibtex Entry
@inproceedings{Hall2014,
  author    = "Hall, Mathew and Khojaye, Muhammad and Walkinshaw, Neil and McMinn, Phil",
  title     = "Establishing the Source Code Disruption Caused by Automated Remodularisation Tools",
  booktitle = "International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2014)",
  pages     = "466--470",
  year      = "2014",
  publisher = "IEEE Computer Society"
}