As software systems become increasingly large and complex, the need
increases to predict and control the effects of software changes.
This book captures the latest information on the science and art of
determining what software parts affect each other. It is a handy
one-volume source of useful information about software change
impact analysis techniques and technical results. The book frames
the field, focuses attention, and tempers expectations.
The book provides a battery of ideas for doing impact analysis
better. The reader will gain a healthy respect for the strengths
and limitations of impact analysis technology and a solid
background that will provide valuable for years to come. The book
identifies key impact analysis definitions and themes and
illustrates those themes through a collection of representative
papers. It includes reports on software source code dependency
analysis and software traceability analysis and proposes how
results from both areas can more effectively support impact
analysis in software engineering repositories. It also describes
why impact representation and determination techniques are at the
heart of both source dependency analysis and traceability analysis.
The papers provide fundamental information of enduring value and
were selected by how well they illustrate the important themes and
how well they equip the reader with a solid understanding for
tackling impact analysis problems.