SATT: Tailoring code metric thresholds for different software architectures

Mauricio Aniche, Christoph Treude, Andy Zaidman, Arie Van Deursen, Marco Aurelio Gerosa

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Abstract

Code metric analysis is a well-known approach for assessing the quality of a software system. However, current tools and techniques do not take the system architecture (e.g., MVC, Android) into account. This means that all classes are assessed similarly, regardless of their specific responsibilities. In this paper, we propose SATT (Software Architecture Tailored Thresholds), an approach that detects whether an architectural role is considerably different from others in the system in terms of code metrics, and provides a specific threshold for that role. We evaluated our approach on 2 different architectures (MVC and Android) in more than 400 projects. We also interviewed 6 experts in order to explain why some architectural roles are different from others. Our results shows that SATT can overcome issues that traditional approaches have, especially when some architectural role presents very different metric values than others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE 16th International Working Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation, SCAM 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages41-50
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781509038503
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 12 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event16th IEEE International Working Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation, SCAM 2016 - Raleigh, United States
Duration: Oct 2 2016Oct 3 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 IEEE 16th International Working Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation, SCAM 2016

Conference

Conference16th IEEE International Working Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation, SCAM 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRaleigh
Period10/2/1610/3/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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