Patterns in Software Maintenance: Learning from Experience

Patterns in Software Maintenance: Learning from Experience

Perdita Stevens (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-047-9.ch004
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Abstract

In software design, patterns—that is, structured, named descriptions of good solutions to common problems in context—have become a popular way of recording and transferring problem-solving expertise. The aim of this chapter is to describe how patterns can help in the field of software maintenance. There are two main uses of patterns in software maintenance. The first is to consider the introduction of a design pattern to an existing design. The second approach is to consider patterns for the maintenance process itself. For example, reengineering patterns describe solutions to common problems in the reengineering of a system, considering issues such as how to split the necessary changes into risk-minimizing steps. We discuss the advantages, pitfalls and practicalities of using patterns in both of these ways.

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Acknowledgments
Macario Polo, Mario Piattini, Francisco Ruiz
Chapter 1
Ned Chapin
This chapter sets out a foundation for the management of software maintenance. The foundation highlights a fundamental for managing software... Sample PDF
Software Maintenance and Organizational Health and Fitness
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Chapter 2
Mira Kajko-Mattsson
Problem management is the dominating process within corrective maintenance. It not only handles software problems but also provides quantitative... Sample PDF
Problem Management within Corrective Maintenance
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Chapter 3
Fabrizio Fioravanti
One of the emerging techniques for managing software project is eXtreme Programming (XP), which surely is changing the way in which we develop and... Sample PDF
The Impact of eXtreme Programming on Maintenance
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Chapter 4
Perdita Stevens
In software design, patterns—that is, structured, named descriptions of good solutions to common problems in context—have become a popular way of... Sample PDF
Patterns in Software Maintenance: Learning from Experience
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Chapter 5
William C. Chu, Chih-Hung Chang, Chih-Wei Lu, Yeh-Ching Chung, Hongji Yang, Bing Qiao, Hewijin Christine Jiau
Software standards are highly recommended because they promise faster and more efficient ways for software development with proven techniques and... Sample PDF
Enhancing Software Maintainability by Unifying and Integrating Standards
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Chapter 6
Lerina Aversano, Gerardo Canfora, Andrea De Lucia
The Internet is an extremely important new technology that is changing the way in which organizations conduct their business and interact with their... Sample PDF
Migrating Legacy System to the Web: A Business Process Reengineering Oriented Approach
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Chapter 7
Norman F. Schneidewind
In order to continue to make progress in software measurement as it pertains to reliability and maintainability, we must shift the emphasis from... Sample PDF
Requirements Risk and Maintainability
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Chapter 8
Harry M. Sneed
This chapter deals with the subject of estimating the costs of software maintenance. It reviews the existing literature on the subject and... Sample PDF
Software Maintenance Cost Estimation
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Chapter 9
Macario Polo, Mario Piattini, Francisco Ruiz
Software maintenance is the most expensive stage of the software life cycle. However, most software organizations do not use any methodology for... Sample PDF
A Methodology for Software Maintenance
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Chapter 10
Francisco Ruiz, Felix Garcia, Mario Piattini, Macario Polo
A Software Engineering Environment (SEE) is quite useful in order to manage the complexity of SM projects, since it can provide the needed services.... Sample PDF
Environment for Managing Software Maintenance Projects
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