Structural Quality and the Cost of Maintenance

title=”Structural Quality and the Cost of Maintenance”>Structural Quality and the Cost of Maintenance

This short (4:40) interview with a couple of Cap Gemini execs largely speaks to the value of measuring structural quality of code.  CG is using a tool called CAST, while here at Central 1, we use SonarGraph, but I expect they accomplish more or less the same thing.  Right at the end of the interview they propose the idea of using CAST to help them predict the cost of maintenance of an application.

This is an interesting idea, and it speaks to structural problems being the more costly type of technical debt.  That is, it is the debt on which we pay the most interest: working within a code base that is poorly designed is slow and error-prone.

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