P. Rosner and S. Black (UK)
software measurement, ripple effect, object oriented, C++.
The computation of ripple effect is based on the effect that
a change to a single variable will have on the rest of a pro
gram, it determines the scope of the change and provides
a measure of the program's complexity. Previous research
has shown that measurement of ripple effect can give us
valuable information about procedural software. This pa
per explores the applicability of ripple effect to measuring
object oriented code, particularly C++. Extensions are pro
posed to the computation of the ripple effect to accommo
date aspects of the object oriented paradigm.