Linux Journal: Programming Tools: Code Complexity Metrics
Jan 14, 2005, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by ReG. Charney)
"Few programs out there, however, try to measure the complexity
of the code. I define complexity of code as the amount of effort
needed to understand and modify the code correctly. As I explain in
this article, computing complexity metrics often is a highly
personal task. Also, few metrics have been shown to be of real
value in determining the amount of effort needed to maintain or
"Performance metrics measure how well a valid program executes.
Profiling tools fall into this category, and many tools are
available. But for maintenance metrics, there are surprising few
tools. Therefore, this column concerns creating a maintenance
metric tool that measures complexity. It can be used as a prototype
for general tools in other languages..."
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