Linker-Based Program Extraction and Its Uses in Studying Software Evolution

  title={Linker-Based Program Extraction and Its Uses in Studying Software Evolution},
  author={Jingwei Wu and Richard C. Holt},
One of the problems of empirical studies of software evolution is the lack of an effective technique for extracting facts about very large software systems (millio ns of lines of code) over hundreds of versions. In this paper, we describe a linker -based approach to program extraction that is well suited for the study of large software system ev olution. Our approach is particularly accurate, convenient and efficient. Its core c omponent is a fact extractor, calledldx, which is a customized… CONTINUE READING
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