Macro-level software evolution: a case study of a large software compilation

@article{GonzlezBarahona2008MacrolevelSE,
  title={Macro-level software evolution: a case study of a large software compilation},
  author={Jes{\'u}s M. Gonz{\'a}lez-Barahona and Gregorio Robles and Martin Michlmayr and Juan Jos{\'e} Amor and Daniel M. Germ{\'a}n},
  journal={Empirical Software Engineering},
  year={2008},
  volume={14},
  pages={262-285}
}
Software evolution studies have traditionally focused on individual products. In this study we scale up the idea of software evolution by considering software compilations composed of a large quantity of independently developed products, engineered to work together. With the success of libre (free, open source) software, these compilations have become common in the form of ‘software distributions’, which group hundreds or thousands of software applications and libraries into an integrated… CONTINUE READING
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