Journal of Software: Evolution and Process

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Edited By: Gerardo Canfora, Darren Dalcher and David Raffo

Impact Factor: 0.624

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 80/104 (Computer Science Software Engineering)

Online ISSN: 2047-7481

Associated Title(s): Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, Software Focus, Software Process: Improvement and Practice, Software Testing, Verification and Reliability, Software: Practice and Experience

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  1. TuneR: a framework for tuning software engineering tools with hands-on instructions in R

    Markus Borg

    Article first published online: 3 MAY 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1784

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    Advanced software engineering tools often require complex tuning to perform well in a given context. Although suboptimal parameter settings hinder industrial adaptation, few studies provide guidelines. We present TuneR, an experiment framework that supports finding feasible parameter settings. The framework is accompanied by practical guidelines of how to use R to analyze the experimental outcome, revealing insights such as parameter interaction and nonlinear effects. As a proof-of-concept, we apply TuneR to tune ImpRec, a recommendation system for change impact analysis.

  2. The v-algorithm for discovering software process lines

    Fabian Rojas Blum, Jocelyn Simmonds and María Cecilia Bastarrica

    Article first published online: 2 MAY 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1778

  3. EXACT: A tool for comprehending VBA-based Excel spreadsheet applications

    Domenico Amalfitano, Vincenzo De Simone, Anna Rita Fasolino and Porfirio Tramontana

    Article first published online: 28 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1787

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    Excel Application Comprehension Tool is a reverse engineering tool for supporting the comprehension of Visual Basic for Application-based Excel spreadsheet applications. It implements novel Visual Basic for Application code analysis techniques for recovering the structural elements of the spreadsheet, the functionality it offers through its user interface, and the dependency relationships among its cells. This information is rendered through several interactive views. A qualitative case study performed in an automotive industry showed the usefulness of Excel Application Comprehension Tool in supporting the execution of comprehension tasks carried out in real maintenance projects.

  4. Towards a multi-criteria decision support method for consumer electronics software ecosystems

    Herman Hartmann and Jan Bosch

    Article first published online: 27 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1785

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    Many consumer electronics firms are adopting an ecosystem-centric approach of which we identify three types. A multi-criteria decision support method demonstrates what type is most suitable for a specific product from a software engineering perspective. We show that vertically integrated platforms are most suitable for products with a high degree of innovation and open-source software platforms are more suitable to create a large amount of variants. The closed-source software platform type is less suitable for consumer electronics.

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