Assessing the impact of refactoring activities on the JHotDraw project

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Abstract

Refactoring is a well-known technique for improving the maintainability of software products. However, it is not easy to justify the time and effort needed to refactor code as the benefits are difficult to quantify, especially the perception of improved maintainability. In this paper, we highlight some results of a retrospective case study undertaken to shed light on how refactoring affects maintainability of a software product. There are several findings. First of all, refactoring affects the amount of subsequent changes. Furthermore, refactoring has a positive impact on the coupling relationships with dependent software applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAPPLIED COMPUTING 2010 - The 25th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
Pages2369-2370
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event25th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2010 - Sierre, Switzerland
Duration: Mar 22 2010Mar 26 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

Conference

Conference25th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2010
CountrySwitzerland
CitySierre
Period3/22/103/26/10

Keywords

  • JHotDraw
  • mining software repositories
  • program analysis
  • refactoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Thapa, I., & Siy, H. (2010). Assessing the impact of refactoring activities on the JHotDraw project. In APPLIED COMPUTING 2010 - The 25th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (pp. 2369-2370). (Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing). https://doi.org/10.1145/1774088.1774578