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|Title:||A systematic review of studies of open source software evolution|
|Citation:||Proceedings, 17th Asia Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC 2010: Software for Improving Quality of Life, 2010 / Han, J., Thu, T. (ed./s), pp.356-365|
|Series/Report no.:||Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference|
|Conference Name:||17th Asia Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC) (30 Nov 2010 - 03 Dec 2010 : Sydney, NSW)|
|Hongyu Pei Breivold, Muhammad Aufeef Chauhan, Muhammad Ali Babar|
|Abstract:||Software evolution relates to how software systems evolve over time. With the emergence of the open source paradigm, researchers are provided with a wealth of data for open source software evolution analysis. In this paper, we present a systematic review of open source software (OSS) evolution. The objective of this review is to obtain an overview of the existing studies in open source software evolution, with the intention of achieving an understanding of how software evolvability (i.e., a software system's ability to easily accommodate changes) is addressed during development and evolution of open source software. The primary studies for this review were identified based on a pre-defined search strategy and a multi-step selection process. Based on their research topics, we have identified four main categories of themes: software trends and patterns, evolution process support, evolvability characteristics addressed in OSS evolution, and examining OSS at software architecture level. A comprehensive overview and synthesis of these categories and related studies is presented as well.|
|Keywords:||systematic review; open source software; software evolution; evolvability|
|Rights:||© 2010 IEEE|
|Appears in Collections:||Computer Science publications|
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