An Approach for Comparison of Architecture Level Change Impact Analysis Methods and their relevance in Web Systems Evolution

IEEE Computer Society Press
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ASWEC 2009: 20th Australian Software Engineering Conference, 2009, pp. 162 - 172
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Change impact analysis (CIA) methods have been developed to identify the consequences of making changes to system artifacts and to support decision making with regards to that change. There is a growing body of research on CIA methods that specifically addresses changes and their impacts at a system architecture level. Most of the methods have been developed and validated on software system domain. However, there is little research consensus on: (i) the features that architectural CIA methods should comprehensively address; and (ii) which existing methods are comparatively suitable in a particular system domain such as Web systems. This paper presents a comparison approache that offer guidance on the selection of the most appropriate method for CIA activity and suitability of these methods in the context of Web systems.
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