Butterflies: A Visual Approach to Characterize Packages

Ducasse, Stéphane; Lanza, Michele; Ponisio, Maria Laura (2005). Butterflies: A Visual Approach to Characterize Packages. In: 11th IEEE International Symposium Software Metrics (p. 7). IEEE Computer Society 10.1109/METRICS.2005.15

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Understanding sets of classes, or packages, is an important activity in the development and reengineering of large object-oriented systems. Packages represent the coarse-grained structure of an application. They are artefacts to deploy and structure software, and therefore more than a simple generalization of classes. The relationships between packages and their contained classes are key in the decomposition of an application and its (re)-modularisation. However, it is difficult to quickly grasp the structure of a package and to understand how a package interacts with the rest of the system. We tackle this problem using butterfly visualizations, i.e. dedicated radar charts built from simple package metrics based on a language-independent meta-model. We illustrate our approach on two applications and show how we can retrieve the relevant characteristics of packages.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Software Composition Group (SCG)

UniBE Contributor:

Ducasse, Stephane and Ponisio, Maria Laura

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 510 Mathematics

ISSN:

1530-1435

ISBN:

0-7695-2371-4

Publisher:

IEEE Computer Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

Manuela Bamert

Date Deposited:

30 Oct 2017 14:04

Last Modified:

02 Nov 2017 05:09

Publisher DOI:

10.1109/METRICS.2005.15

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.104500

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/104500

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