The evolution of the laws of software evolution. A discussion based on a systematic literature review

Herraiz Tabernero, Israel and Rodriguez, Daniel and Robles, Gregorio and González-Barahona, Jesus M. (2013). The evolution of the laws of software evolution. A discussion based on a systematic literature review. "ACM Computing Surveys", v. To app ;

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Title: The evolution of the laws of software evolution. A discussion based on a systematic literature review
Author/s:
  • Herraiz Tabernero, Israel
  • Rodriguez, Daniel
  • Robles, Gregorio
  • González-Barahona, Jesus M.
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: ACM Computing Surveys
Date: 2013
Volume: To app
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: laws of software evolution, Software Evolution
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Matemática e Informática Aplicadas a la Ingeniería Civil [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: None

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Abstract

After more than 40 years of life, software evolution should be considered as a mature field. However, despite such a long history, many research questions still remain open, and controversial studies about the validity of the laws of software evolution are common. During the first part of these 40 years the laws themselves evolved to adapt to changes in both the research and the software industry environments. This process of adaption to new paradigms, standards, and practices stopped about 15 years ago, when the laws were revised for the last time. However, most controversial studies have been raised during this latter period. Based on a systematic and comprehensive literature review, in this paper we describe how and when the laws, and the software evolution field, evolved. We also address the current state of affairs about the validity of the laws, how they are perceived by the research community, and the developments and challenges that are likely to occur in the coming years.

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Item ID: 20813
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/20813/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:20813
Official URL: http://csur.acm.org/
Deposited by: Israel Herraiz
Deposited on: 30 Sep 2013 08:29
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 11:21
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