Evolution of the Firefox Codebase

Evolution of the Firefox Codebase by Ali Almossawi 

Evolution of the Firefox Codebase presents a set of metrics for all releases of Firefox that are indicative of quality and allows one to inspect them through one of several views. By looking at changes in these metrics, one can see the evolution of the Firefox codebase over time. This work is also be useful as a retrospective, investigative tool to help infer when, say, architectural issues may be the cause for unfavorable user sentiment following a release. Metrics such as lines-of-code (LOC) and cyclomatic complexity are widely used in industry, whereas others like propagation cost are based on some of the more recent research to come out of academia.

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