Industrial tools for the feature location problem: an exploratory study

  title={Industrial tools for the feature location problem: an exploratory study},
  author={Sharon Simmons and Dennis Edwards and Norman Wilde and Josh Homan and Michael Groble},
  journal={Journal of Software Maintenance},
Software engineers who maintain and enhance large systems often encounter the feature location problem: where in the many thousands of lines of code is a particular user feature implemented? Several methods of addressing the problem have been proposed, most of which involve tracing the execution of the system and analyzing the traces. Some supporting academic tools are available. However, companies that depend on the successful evolution of large systems are more likely to use new methods if… CONTINUE READING
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