SANER 2017

2017 IEEE 24th International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER), February 20-24, 2017, Klagenfurt, Austria

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Code and Data Transformations
Main Research
Extracting Executable Transformations from Distilled Code Changes
Reinout Stevens and Coen De Roover
(Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Abstract: Change distilling algorithms compute a sequence of fine-grained changes that, when executed in order, transform a given source AST into a given target AST. The resulting change sequences are used in the field of mining software repositories to study source code evolution. Unfortunately, detecting and specifying source code evolutions in such a change sequence is cumbersome. We therefore introduce a tool-supported approach that identifies minimal executable subsequences in a sequence of distilled changes that implement a particular evolution pattern, specified in terms of intermediate states of the AST that undergoes each change. This enables users to describe the effect of multiple changes, irrespective of their execution order, while ensuring that different change sequences that implement the same code evolution are recalled. Correspondingly, our evaluation is two-fold. Using examples, we demonstrate the expressiveness of specifying source code evolutions through intermediate ASTs. We also show that our approach is able to recall different implementation variants of the same source code evolution in open-source histories.

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