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Package Fingerprints: A Visual Summary of Package Interface Usage

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Executive Summary

To cope with the complexity of large object-oriented software, developers organize classes into packages or modules. This organization usually follows conceptual interrelationships between classes, that the stake-holders would like to maintain over ineluctable system evolution. As the system modular structure changes, its maintenance is required. However, where approaches of system re-modularization succeed in proposing system refactorings, they do not provide good ways for understanding and assessing the changes they propose. There is a wide range of work to define new modularization algorithms but little support to understand the proposed results and their impact on existing systems.

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