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An Eclipse Plugin for Metamodel Driven Measurement
In this dissertation, we present a new plug-in for the Eclipse integrated development environ- ment that calculates software quality metrics using a metamodel driven approach to software measurement. Metamodel driven measurement is a technique that surged with the popularization of object-oriented systems and model-driven approaches to software design. It involves of instantiating software designs according to a language metamodel and calculating metrics with formalized queries over the obtained data. Our objectives consisted of creating a new Eclipse plug-in to analyse software developed in Java that, thanks to the metamodel driven approach, would allow users to easily deﬁne new software metrics without having to change a single line of Java code. To achieve our goals, we devised the Eclipse Java Metamodel, a new Java metamodel based on data provided by Eclipse’s Java Development Tools and implemented it on a prototype Eclipse plug-in. We have also formalized certain software metrics and an existing library for metrics extraction called FLAME, as sets of queries over our developed metamodel using the Object Constraint Language, which can be used directly on our prototype.
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