QualityGate SourceAudit: a Tool for Assessing the Technical Quality of Software

TitleQualityGate SourceAudit: a Tool for Assessing the Technical Quality of Software
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBakota Tibor, Hegedűs P, Siket István, Ladányi G, Ferenc R
Conference NameProceedings of the 2014 Software Evolution Week (Merger of the 18th IEEE European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering & 21st IEEE Working Conference on Reverse Engineering – CSMR-WCRE 2014)
Date Publishedfeb
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Conference LocationAntwerp, Belgium
KeywordsColumbusQM, development costs, internal system quality, ISO-IEC 25010 based probabilistic software maintainability, operational costs, QualityGate SourceAudit, software deterioration, Software Erosion, Source code maintainability, technical software quality, testing costs

Software systems are evolving continuously in order to fulfill the ever-changing business needs. This endless modification, however, decreases the internal quality of the system over time. This phenomena is called software erosion, which results in higher development, testing, and operational costs. The SourceAudit tool presented in this paper helps managing the technical risks of software deterioration by allowing imme-diate, automatic, and objective assessment of software quality. By monitoring the high-level technical quality of systems it is possible to immediately perform the necessary steps needed to reduce the effects of software erosion, thus reaching higher maintainability and lower costs in the mid and long-term. The tool measures source code maintainability according to the ISO/IEC 25010 based probabilistic software maintainability model called ColumbusQM. It gives a holistic view on software quality and warns on source code maintainability decline.

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