Improving Software Quality Via Code Searching and Mining

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Executive Summary

Enormous amount of open source code is available on the Internet and various Code Search Engines (CSE) are available to serve as a means for searching in open source code. However, usage of CSEs is often limited to simple tasks such as searching for relevant code examples. This paper presents a generic life-cycle model that can be used to improve software quality by exploiting CSEs. This paper presents three example software development tasks that can be assisted by the life-cycle model and show how these three tasks can contribute to improve the software quality.

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