Predicting change propagation in software systems

  title={Predicting change propagation in software systems},
  author={Ahmed E. Hassan and Richard C. Holt},
  journal={20th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 2004. Proceedings.},
Software systems contain entities, such as functions and variables, which are related to each other. As a software system evolves to accommodate new features and repair bugs, changes occur to these entities. Developers must ensure that related entities are updated to be consistent with these changes. This paper addresses the question: How does a change in one source code entity propagate to other entities? We propose several heuristics to predict change propagation. We present a framework to… CONTINUE READING
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