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    A metrics suite for grammar-based software


    Power, James F. and Malloy, Brian A. (2004) A metrics suite for grammar-based software. Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice, 16 (6). pp. 405-426. ISSN 1532-060X

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    Abstract

    One approach to measuring and managing the complexity of software, as it evolves over time, is to exploit software metrics. Metrics have been used to estimate the complexity of the maintenance effort, to facilitate change impact analysis, and as an indicator for automatic detection of a transformation that can improve the quality of a system. However, there has been little effort directed at applying software metrics to the maintenance of grammar-based software applications, such as compilers, editors, program comprehension tools and embedded systems. In this paper, we adapt the software metrics that are commonly used to measure program complexity and apply them to the measurement of the complexity of grammar-based software applications. Since the behaviour of a grammar-based application is typically choreographed by the grammar rules, the measure of complexity that our metrics provide can guide maintainers in locating problematic areas in grammar-based applications.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the published article, which is available at DOI: 10.1002/smr.v16:6
    Keywords: program comprehension; software metrics; source code analysis; call graph; maintenance of grammar-based tools; metrics suite; grammar-based software;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 6419
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/smr.v16:6
    Depositing User: Dr. James Power
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 14:01
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Refereed: Yes
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