Curbing Dependencies in Software Evolution of Object-Oriented Systems
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Relationships between classes and objects in object-oriented software are necessary in order for the parts of the systems to provide dynamic behavior. These inherent relationships also create dependencies which can give rise to problems for software evolution of object-oriented software systems. Dependencies in software make systems difficult to understand, reuse, change and verify.
This thesis presents analytical and empirical investigations of dependency-related problems in software evolution of object-oriented software and on how such problems can be handled with dependency focused techniques, methods and processes.
The research presented in this thesis includes: Development of a programming language construct for controlling dependencies; formal experiments on code inspection techniques; exploring change strategies' effects on test suites; an industrial case study of regression test selection techniques for object-oriented software; proving the efficiency and defect detection capabilities of a novel regression test selection technique.
The thesis contributes to increased knowledge on the role of dependencies in software evolution of object-oriented software. Specific contributions are a programming language construct that can control access to dependencies in software. Other main contributions are insights on the efficiency of dependency focused code inspection techniques and contribution to the knowledge on dependency-based regression test selection techniques for large scale software. Another contribution is a novel change-based regression test selection technique.
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Kista: Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap (tills m KTH) , 2006. , 191 p.
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 06-011
Software Evolution, Object-orientation, Software Quality
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1049ISBN: 91-7155-271-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-1049DiVA: diva2:189303
2006-06-09, sal A, Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00
Briand, Lionel C., Professor
Yngström, Louise, ProfessorRuneson, Per, Professor
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