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Relating identifier naming flaws and code quality: An empirical study

Butler, Simon; Wermelinger, Michel; Yu, Yijun and Sharp, Helen (2009). Relating identifier naming flaws and code quality: An empirical study. In: 16th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering, 13-16 October 2009, Lille, France.

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Studies have demonstrated the importance of good identifier names to program comprehension. It is unclear, however, whether poor naming has other effects that might impact maintenance effort, e.g. on code quality. We evaluated the quality of identifier names in 8 established open source Java applications libraries, using a set of 12 identifier naming guidelines. We found statistically significant associations between flawed identifiers (i.e. violating at least one guideline) and code quality issues reported by FindBugs, a static analysis tool.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 IEEE
Extra Information: Page(s): 31-35
Keywords: software metrics; software quality; software development
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 17007
Depositing User: Michel Wermelinger
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2009 15:25
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 21:24
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