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    Towards the re-usability of software metric definitions at the meta level

    McQuillan, Jacqueline A. and Power, James F. (2006) Towards the re-usability of software metric definitions at the meta level. In: PhD Workshop of the 20th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, 3-7 July 2006, Nantes, France.

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    A large number of metrics for evaluating the quality of software have been proposed in the literature. However, there is no standard terminology or formalism for defining metrics and consequently many of the metrics proposed have some ambiguity in their definitions. This hampers the empirical validation of these metrics. To address this problem, we generalise an existing approach to defining metrics that is based on the Object Constraint Language and the Unified Modelling Language metamodel. We have developed a prototype tool called DMML (Defining Metrics at the Meta Level) that supports this approach and we present details of this tool. To illustrate the approach, we present formal definitions for the Chidamber and Kemerer metrics suite.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Keywords: metrics; re-usability; software; definitions; meta level;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 6398
    Depositing User: Dr. James Power
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 16:12
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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