AuthorsE. van Emden and L. Moonen
TitleJava Quality Assurance by Detecting Code Smells
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2002
Conference NameProceedings 9th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE)
Date Publishedoct

Software inspection is a known technique for improving software quality. It involves carefully examining the code, the\~design, and the documentation of software and checking\~these for aspects that are known to be potentially problematic based on past experience. Code smells are a metaphor to describe patterns that areġenerally associated with bad design and bad programming\~practices. Originally, code smells are used to {fi}nd the places\~in software that could bene{fi}t from refactoring. In this paper,\~we investigate how the quality of code can be automaticallyãssessed by checking for the presence of code smells and how\~this approach can contribute to automatic code inspection. We present an approach for the automatic detection and\~visualization of code smells and discuss how this approach\~can be used in the design of a software inspection tool. We illustrate the feasibility of our approach with the developmentõf jCOSMO, a prototype code smell browser that detects and\~visualizes code smells in JAVA source code. Finally, we show\~how this tool was applied in a case study. Keywords: software inspection, quality assurance, Java,\~refactoring, code smells.

Citation KeySimula.SE.503