Towards automatically improving package structure while respecting original design decisions

Hani Abdeen, Houari Sahraoui, Osama Shata, Nicolas Anquetil, Stephane Ducasse
2013 2013 20th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE)  
Recently, there has been an important progress in applying search-based optimization techniques to the problem of software re-modularization. Yet, a major part of the existing body of work addresses the problem of modularizing software systems from scratch, regardless of the existing packages structure. This paper presents a novel multi-objective optimization approach for improving existing packages structure. The optimization approach aims at increasing the cohesion and reducing the coupling
more » ... cing the coupling and cyclic connectivity of packages, by modifying as less as possible the existing packages organization. Moreover, maintainers can specify several constraints to guide the optimization process with regard to extra design factors. To this contribution, we use the Non-Dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm (NSGA-II). We evaluate the optimization approach through an experiment covering four real-world software systems. The results promise the effectiveness of our optimization approach for improving existing packages structure by doing very small modifications.
doi:10.1109/wcre.2013.6671296 dblp:conf/wcre/AbdeenSSAD13 fatcat:ppct2aageraixpdj5mk66zln5y