Towards a prioritization of code debt: A code smell Intensity Index

  title={Towards a prioritization of code debt: A code smell Intensity Index},
  author={Francesca Arcelli Fontana and Vincenzo Ferme and Marco Zanoni and Riccardo Roveda},
  journal={2015 IEEE 7th International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt (MTD)},
Code smells can be used to capture symptoms of code decay and potential maintenance problems that can be avoided by applying the right refactoring. They can be seen as a source of technical debt. However, tools for code smell detection often provide far too many and different results, and identify many false positive code smell instances. In fact, these tools are rooted on initial and rather informal code smell definitions. This represents a challenge to interpret their results in different… CONTINUE READING
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