Change Impact Analysis using Python for Java Applications
T. Jalaja1, T. Adilakshmi2

1T. Jalaja*, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Vasavi College of Engineering (Autonomous), Hyderabad (Telangana), India.
2T. Adilakshmi, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Vasavi College of Engineering (Autonomous), Hyderabad (Telangana), India.

Manuscript received on April 30, 2020. | Revised Manuscript received on May 06, 2020. | Manuscript published on May 30, 2020. | PP: 2232-2236 | Volume-9 Issue-1, May 2020. | Retrieval Number: A2673059120/2020©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.A2673.059120
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Abstract: Software Applications needs to be changed constantly as per the requirements of the user or the client. This phase is known as the maintenance phase of a software application. On an average, the cost of software maintenance is more than 50% of all Software Development Life Cycle phases. The main purpose of software maintenance is to modify and update software application after delivery in order to correct faults, enhance the functionality or to improve performance. When the change request (CR) is received from the client the developers have to work upon the request. If the Change Request requires any modification, the application developers have to identify the risk of modifying the program or application before making the actual change. But there is a high chance of making errors in modifying the existing software. Change Impact analysis (CIA) is one of the error prevention technique. It is the process to find the effect of a change in a software application before the changes are made. By equipping developers with automated CIA tools to identify the risk of modifying the application we can minimize the errors. Impact analysis can be done based on the change request. This paper aims at developing a change impact analysis tool which can be used by the developer during the software maintenance phase. This proposed tool -Strategic Dependency Tracker (SDepTrac) helps the programmer/ developer to know “What part of the program (of a Java application) is impacted if a change is to be made to a particular variable / method / class?” with more accuracy compared to the existing tools. It displays the number of lines affected, classes and methods which are going to be affected, if we perform the requested change by considering the data dependency, control dependency and the semantic dependency. Thus the tool helps the developer to identify the impact set and minimizes the human errors and also saves time during the Maintenance phase.
Keywords: Bag of words, Change Impact analysis, Change request, S Dep Trac Tool, Strategic dependency tracker.
Scope of the Article: IoT Applications for Smart Cities