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2015 IEEE/ACM 12th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR) (2015)
Florence, Italy
May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7695-5594-2
pp: 377-380
Mehdi Mirakhorli , Software Eng. Dept., Rochester Inst. of Technol., Rochester, NY, USA
Jane Cleland-Huang , Sch. of Comput., DePaul Univ., Chicago, IL, USA
ABSTRACT
Architectural qualities such as reliability, performance, and security, are often realized in a software system through the adoption of tactical design decisions such as the decision to use redundant processes, a heartbeat monitor, or a specific authentication mechanism. Such decisions are critical for delivering a system that meets its quality requirements. Despite the stability of high-level decisions, our analysis has shown that tactic-related classes tend to be modified more frequently than other classes and are therefore stronger predictors of change than traditional Object-Oriented coupling and cohesion metrics. In this paper we present the results from this initial study, including an analysis of why tactic-related classes are changed, and a discussion of the implications of these findings for maintaining architectural quality over the lifetime of a software system.
INDEX TERMS
Computer bugs, Measurement, Complexity theory, Software, Heart beat, Reliability, Software engineering
CITATION

M. Mirakhorli and J. Cleland-Huang, "Modifications, Tweaks, and Bug Fixes in Architectural Tactics," 2015 IEEE/ACM 12th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR), Florence, Italy, 2015, pp. 377-380.
doi:10.1109/MSR.2015.44
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