Towards a taxonomy of software change

@article{Buckley2005TowardsAT,
  title={Towards a taxonomy of software change},
  author={Jim Buckley and Tom Mens and Matthias Zenger and Awais Rashid and G{\"u}nter Kniesel},
  journal={Journal of Software Maintenance},
  year={2005},
  volume={17},
  pages={309-332}
}
Previous taxonomies of software change have focused on the purpose of the change (i.e., the why) rather than the underlying mechanisms. This paper proposes a taxonomy of software change based on characterizing the mechanisms of change and the factors that influence these mechanisms. The ultimate goal of this taxonomy is to provide a framework that positions concrete tools, formalisms and methods within the domain of software evolution. Such a framework would considerably ease comparison between… CONTINUE READING
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