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11th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR'07) (2007)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Mar. 21, 2007 to Mar. 23, 2007
ISSN: 1534-5351
ISBN: 0-7695-2802-3
pp: 58-70
Pasquale Ardimento , University of Bari
Giovanni Bruno , University of Bari
Danilo Caivano , University of Bari
Giuseppe Visaggio , University of Bari
ABSTRACT
Following to the increased size and complexity of software products, a single application is commonly made up of components produced by different developers using different practices. Components can be of different kinds: COTS (commercial off-the-shelf), open source (OS), developed in-home, etc. Use of components places new questions and this paper determines a component's maintainability through a framework for software components characterization. It supports a software engineer in selecting components to integrate in a software system. The framework includes three sets of characterization parameters: the first for all types of components; the second and third set for white box and OS components. The framework has been evaluated through an empirical study on two industrial projects. Results are interesting: several of the characteristics included in the framework are correlated and are unable to characterize the system maintainability. These findings seem disappointing although interesting and stimulate further research within component based development
INDEX TERMS
integrated software, object-oriented programming, software maintenance
CITATION

P. Ardimento, G. Bruno, D. Caivano and G. Visaggio, "A maintenance oriented Framework for software components characterization," 11th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR'07)(CSMR), Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2007, pp. 58-70.
doi:10.1109/CSMR.2007.7
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