Automatic Estimator for Source Code Modifications
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
A method is described which provides a quick and accurate way for a programmer to report the work effort involved in making changes to source code. It can be run at any point in or after a development cycle with accurate results. It is independent of a particular programmer's knowledge of a file's history. The number of lines of code that were added, modified or deleted during the development of a software product, is sometimes of interest to the product developers. These numbers are used in resource planning for future products. The two existing methods for counting up the lines of codes changed are not satisfactory. In the first method, a programmer manually compares a previous version of the source code to the new version. This method is very tedious and time consuming, especially if the change is large.