Comparison between SLOCs and number of files as size metrics for software evolution analysis

  title={Comparison between SLOCs and number of files as size metrics for software evolution analysis},
  author={Israel Herraiz and Gregorio Robles and Jes{\'u}s M. Gonz{\'a}lez-Barahona},
  journal={Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR'06)},
  pages={8 pp.-213}
There are some concerns in the research community about the convenience of using low-level metrics (such as SLOC, source lines of code) for characterizing the evolution of software, instead of the more traditional higher lever metrics (such as the number of modules or files). This issue has been raised in particular after some studies that suggest that libre (free, open source) software evolves differently than 'traditional' software, and therefore it does not conform to Lehman's laws of… CONTINUE READING
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