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Evaluating the Harmfulness of Cloning: A Change Based Experiment

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3 Author(s)
Lozano, A. ; Open Univ., Milton Keynes ; Wermelinger, M. ; Nuseibeh, B.

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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Mining Software Repositories, 2007. ICSE Workshops MSR '07. Fourth International Workshop on

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20-26 May 2007