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Raemaekers, S. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author), Visser, J. (author)
For API users, backward compatibility of new releases is important, as it permits safe and fast upgrading when the new release becomes available. To signal safe upgrading, version naming schemes such as semantic versioning provide strict rules on major (breaking changes permitted) versus minor and patch (no breaking changes permitted) releases....
report 2014
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Bouwers, E. (author), Visser, J. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author)
In the past two decades both the industry and the research community have proposed hundreds of metrics to track software projects, evaluate quality or estimate effort. Unfortunately, it is not always clear which metric works best in a particular context. Even worse, for some metrics there is little evidence whether the metric measures the...
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Raemaekers, S. (author), Nane, G.F. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author), Visser, J. (author)
Preprint of a paper presented at: MSR 2013, The 10th Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories, May 18–19, 2013, San Francisco, California, USA.
report 2013
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Raemaekers, S.B.A. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author), Visser, J. (author)
Preprint of paper published in: ICSM 2012 - Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 23-28 September 2012; doi:10.1109/ICSM.2012.6405296 Backward compatibility is a major concern for any library developer. In this paper, we evaluate how stable a set of frequently used third-party libraries is in terms of method...
report 2012
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Bouwers, E. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author), Visser, J. (author)
In the evaluation of implemented software architectures, metrics can be used to provide an indication of the degree of encapsulation within a system and to serve as a basis for an informed discussion about how well-suited the system is for expected changes. Current literature shows that over 40 different architecture-level metrics are available...
report 2011
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Bouwers, E. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author), Visser, J. (author)
In this paper we introduce the concept of a -dependency profile-, a system level metric aimed at quantifying the level of encapsulation and independence within a system. We verify that these profiles are suitable to be used in an evaluation context by inspecting the dependency profiles for a repository of almost 100 systems. Furthermore we...
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Bouwers, E.M. (author), Correia, J.P. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author), Visser, J. (author)
The decomposition of a software system into components is a major decision in any software architecture, having a strong influence on many of its quality aspects. A system’s analyzability, in particular, is influenced by its decomposition into components. But into how many components should a system be decomposed to achieve optimal analyzability...
report 2011
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Bouwers, E. (author), Lilienthal, C. (author), Visser, J. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author)
Evaluating the complexity of the architecture of a softwaresystem is a difficult task. Many aspects have to be considered to come to a balanced assessment. Several architecture evaluation methods have been proposed, but very few define a quality model to be used during the evaluation process. In addition, those methods that do introduce a...
report 2010
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Bouwers, E. (author), Visser, J. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author)
Accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM), 2009, IEEE Computer Society. Software architecture evaluation methods aim at identifying potential maintainability problems for a given architecture. Several of these methods exist, which typically prescribe the structure of the evaluation...
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De Geest, G. (author), Vermolen, S.D. (author), Van Deursen, A. (author), Visser, E. (author)
Preprint of paper published in: WCRE 2008 - 15th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering, 15-18 October 2008; doi:10.1109/WCRE.2008.50 Domain-specific languages (DSLs) improve programmer productivity by providing high-level abstractions for the development of applications in a particular domain. However, the smaller distance to the application...
report 2008
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Van Deursen, A. (author), Visser, E. (author), Warmer, J. (author)
Software systems need to evolve, and systems built using model-driven approaches are no exception. What complicates model-driven engineering is that it requires multiple dimensions of evolution. In regular evolution, the modeling language is used to make the changes. In meta-model evolution, changes are required to the modeling notation. In...
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