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The Surgeon's Assistant



K Gallagher, D Wallace, Frederick E. Boland Jr., D W. Binkley, James R. Lyle


The Surgeon's Assistant is a tool for the maintainers of ANSI C programs. Using the Surgeon's Assistant, a software maintainer (a surgeon) can isolate program components for change; assess the impact of contemplated changes on components that are to remain unchanged; design, code and test the modifications so that all effects have no impact on the unchanging part. The software surgery process has four parts: build collections of decompositions using a preprocessor; combine and inspect decompositions using a graphical interface; edit the source using extensions to emacs; and compile and test within the Unix environment.
Journal of Software Maintenance


decomposition slicing, program slicing, regression testing, software maintenance, software tools, Surgeon's Assistant


Gallagher, K. , Wallace, D. , Boland, F. , Binkley, D. and Lyle, J. (1998), The Surgeon's Assistant, Journal of Software Maintenance (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created April 14, 1998, Updated February 17, 2017