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Empirical studies of open source evolution

Fernandez-Ramil, Juan; Lozano, Angela; Wermelinger, Michel and Capiluppi, Andrea (2008). Empirical studies of open source evolution. In: Mens, Tom and Demeyer, Serge eds. Software Evolution. Berlin: Springer, pp. 263–288.

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This chapter surveys a sample of empirical studies of Open Source Software (OSS) evolution. According to these, the classical findings in proprietary software evolution, such as Lehman's laws of software evolution, might need to be revised, at least in part, to account for the OSS observations. The book chapter summarises what appears to be the empirical status of each of Lehman's laws with respect to OSS and highlights the threats to validity that frequently emerge in this type of research.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2008 Springer
ISBN: 3-540-76439-9, 978-3-540-76439-7
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 18554
Depositing User: Michel Wermelinger
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2009 14:58
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 13:21
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