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Uma abordagem visual como suporte a Análise de Impacto de Mudanças em código-fonte orientado a objetos
Change Impact Analysis aims to identify parts of a system affected by the proposed change implementation. Although one may find in literature techniques to automate the impact identification process, it is still highly dependent on the experience with the analyzed software. Studies in this area do not focus on the analysis of the possible impacted identified by the techniques. In this paper we propose a visual approach to deal with the results generated by applying an impact analysis technique to oriented source code. Coordinating visual mappings makes possible to identify impacted entities regarding the individual difficulty of maintenance and how entities are impacted. The approach was implemented (tool VisImpala) and, as result, in this paper are presented the generated views, how to interpret them and the lessons learned.