A Practical Guide to Measuring Method Coupling in Object-oriented Systems

S. Smith, S.F. Stoecklin, and J. Mullins (USA)

Keywords

Coupling, metrics, measurement, object-oriented, design

Abstract

Software measurement plays an important role in today's software development. Coupling is a measure used in software development that influences the understandability, maintainability and reusability of software components. Many proposals have been made for measuring object-oriented coupling of software components; however, most measures are not useful in the real world of software development. This paper provides a practical guide for evaluating coupling between object-oriented components. This technique is meant for use by software developers who are engaged in the development of software designed to be easy to understand and easy to maintain.

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