Software maintenance like maintenance in other engineering disciplines

Gustavo Villavicencio
2014 Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering - FSE 2014  
Software maintenance exhibits many differences regarding how other engineering disciplines carry out maintenance on their artifacts. Such dissimilarity is caused due to the fact that it is easy to get a copy from the original artifact to be used in maintenance, and also because the flat dimension of the software text facilitates access to the components by simply using a text editor. Other engineering disciplines resort to different artifact 'versions' (obtained by dissassembling) where the
more » ... oduction of modifications (previous comprehension) is easier. After which the artifact is reassembled. In software engineering this approach can be simulated by combining program transformation techniques, search-based software engineering technology and design attributes.
doi:10.1145/2635868.2666613 dblp:conf/sigsoft/Villavicencio14 fatcat:g3h6h62odbbi3jusxiyvqa5bva