Dilshener, Tezcan and Wermelinger, Michel
Relating Developers’ Concepts and Artefact Vocabulary in a Financial Software Module.
In: 27th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 25-30 September 2011, Williamsburg VA, USA.
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Developers working on unfamiliar systems are challenged to accurately identify where and how high-level concepts are implemented in the source code. Without additional help, concept location can become a tedious, time-consuming and error-prone task. In this paper we study an industrial financial application for which we had access to the user guide, the source code, and some change requests. We compared the relative importance of the domain concepts, as understood by developers, in the user manual and in the source code. We also searched the code for the concepts occurring in change requests, to see if they could point developers to code to be modified. We varied the searches (using exact and stem matching, discarding stop-words, etc.) and present the precision and recall. We discuss the implication of our results for maintenance.
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