Using version control history to follow the changes of source code elements

Zoltán Tóth, Gábor Novák, Rudolf Ferenc, István Siket

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Abstract

Version control systems store the whole history of the source code. Since the source code of a system is organized into files and folders, the history tells us the concerned files and their changed lines only but software engineers are also interested in which source code elements (e.g. classes or methods) are affected by a change. Unfortunately, in most programming languages source code elements do not follow the file system hierarchy, which means that a file can contain more classes and methods and a class can be stored in more files, which makes it difficult to determine the changes of classes by using the changes of files. To solve this problem we developed an algorithm, which is able to follow the changes of the source code elements by using the changes of files and we successfully applied it on the Web Kit open source system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, CSMR 2013
Pages319-322
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 13 2013
Event17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, CSMR 2013 - Genova, Italy
Duration: Mar 5 2013Mar 8 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, CSMR
ISSN (Print)1534-5351

Other

Other17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, CSMR 2013
CountryItaly
CityGenova
Period3/5/133/8/13

Keywords

  • Repository Mining
  • Static Analysis
  • Version Control System

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Tóth, Z., Novák, G., Ferenc, R., & Siket, I. (2013). Using version control history to follow the changes of source code elements. In Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, CSMR 2013 (pp. 319-322). [6498479] (Proceedings of the European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, CSMR). https://doi.org/10.1109/CSMR.2013.40