Evaluating the Harmfulness of Cloning: A Change Based Experiment

TitleEvaluating the Harmfulness of Cloning: A Change Based Experiment
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsLozano, A, Wermelinger, M, Nuseibeh, B
Secondary TitleFourth International Workshop on Mining Software Repositories (MSR'07:ICSE Workshops 2007)
Pagination18 - 18
Place PublishedMinneapolis, MN, USA
ISBN Number0-7695-2950-X
Keywordsccfinder, clone, clones, clonetracker, cloning, ctags, cvs, dnsjava, maintenance, scm, source code

Cloning is considered a harmful practice for software maintenance because it requires consistent changes of the entities that share a cloned fragment. However this claim has not been refuted or confirmed empirically. Therefore, we have developed a prototype tool, CloneTracker, in order to study the rate of change of applications containing clones. This paper describes CloneTracker and illustrates its preliminary application on a case study.

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