Survey on Code Smell Detection and Use of Visualization Techniques

Dear Software Visualization and Code Smell Researchers,

We believe that you share with us the recognition on the important role that software visualization may play in software quality improvement initiatives. Software refactoring opportunities can be provided by detecting code smells. However, especially in large and complex legacy systems, many code smells can be detected and their influence can be local or spread across the whole system. That is where software visualization can be a great helper, for instance by providing a view of that spreadness, to help decision making on refactoring prioritization.

For over a year, we have been producing a systematic literature review (SLR), that has allowed us to draw some conclusions on the current state of the art in code smells detection and visualization techniques. We are now willing to share those conclusions with you. We would sincerely appreciate if you accept participating in a short online survey (it will take around 15m) to validate these conclusions. In recognition for your effort in fully completing this survey, we will provide you free first-hand access to our SLR. This is the anonymous link to the survey or

Yours sincerely,

José Pereira dos Reis & Fernando Brito e Abreu, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal
Glauco Carneiro, UNIFACS / Laureate International Universities, Brazil
Craig Anslow, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

About Craig Anslow

Craig Anslow is a Lecturer in Software Engineering at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, with research interests in software visualization.
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