Modularization of Legacy Features by Relocation and Reconceptualization: How Much is Enough?

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Abstract

As programs become larger and start evolving, they often need to be split into modules, in order to facilitate independent evolution of end-user features and consolidate reusable core abstractions. Achieving this for legacy object-oriented software is, however, problematic due to scattering and tangling of feature implementations. While relocation of classes among packages can be used to significantly reduce these phenomena, achieving complete separation of features requires reconceptualization of existing classes. In this paper, we investigate the tradeoffs between relocation and reconceptualization of classes during a migration of the NDVis neuroscience application to the NetBeans module system. We do this by comparing the manually-modularized version of NDVis with three automatically-optimized designs that exhibit various degrees of relocation and reconceptualization. The obtained findings shed new light on the actual extent and impact of relocation and reconceptualization during modularization of legacy features.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering
PublisherIEEE Communications Society
Publication date2012
Pages171-180
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventCSMR 2012, European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering - Szeged, Hungary
Duration: 27. Mar 201230. Mar 2012

Conference

ConferenceCSMR 2012, European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering
CountryHungary
CitySzeged
Period27/03/201230/03/2012

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    Olszak, A., & Jørgensen, B. N. (2012). Modularization of Legacy Features by Relocation and Reconceptualization: How Much is Enough? In 16th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (pp. 171-180). IEEE Communications Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/CSMR.2012.26