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2013 17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering
Enhancing the Detection of Code Anomalies with Architecture-Sensitive Strategies
Genova, Italy Italy
March 05-March 08
ISBN: 978-1-4673-5833-0
Research has shown that code anomalies may be related to problems in the architecture design. Without proper mechanisms to support the identification of architecturally-relevant code anomalies, software systems will degrade and might be discontinued as a consequence. Nowadays, metrics-based detection strategy is the most common mechanism to identify code anomalies. However, these strategies often fail to detect architecturally-relevant code anomalies. A key limitation is that they solely exploit measurable static properties of the source code. This paper proposes and evaluates a suite of architecture-sensitive detection strategies. These strategies exploit information related to how fully-modularized and widely-scoped architectural concerns are realized by the code elements. The accuracy of the proposed detection strategies is assessed in a sample of nearly 3500 architecturally-relevant code anomalies and 950 architectural problems distributed in 6 software systems. Our findings show that more than the 60% of code anomalies detected by the proposed strategies were related to architectural problems. Additionally, the proposed strategies identified on average 50% more architecturally-relevant code anomalies than those gathered with using conventional strategies.
Index Terms:
architectural problem,detection strategy,architecturally-relevant code anomaly,architecture-sensitive metric
Isela Macia, Alessandro Garcia, Christina Chavez, Arndt von Staa, "Enhancing the Detection of Code Anomalies with Architecture-Sensitive Strategies," csmr, pp.177-186, 2013 17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, 2013
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