An Open Architecture for Visual Reverse Engineering

An Open Architecture for Visual Reverse Engineering

Alexandru C. Telea (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-366-1.ch009
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Tool support for program understanding becomes increasingly important in the software evolution cycle, and it has become an integral part of managing systems evolution and maintenance. Using interactive visual tools for getting insight into large evolving legacy information systems has gained popularity. Although several such tools exist, few of them have the flexibility and retargetability needed for easy deployment outside the contexts they were initially built for. The lack of flexibility and limitations for customizability is a management as well as a technical problem in software evolution and maintenance. This chapter discusses the requirements of an open architecture for software visualization tools, implementation details of such an architecture, and examples using some specific software system analysis cases. The focus is primarily on reverse engineering, although the proposed tool architecture is equally applicable to forward engineering activities. This material serves the software architects and system managers as well as the tool designers.

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Khaled M. Khan, Yan Zhang
Khaled M. Khan, Yan Zhang
Chapter 1
Ned Chapin
Five key management considerations center on a basic fact—managers manage people in getting things done. As they manage the people in getting... Sample PDF
Managing Corporate Information Systems Evolution and Maintenance
Chapter 2
Darren Dalcher
This chapter highlights the pervasiveness of change in most developed systems, and the resulting implications on development practice. A key problem... Sample PDF
Design for Evolution: Fostering Continuity and Responding to Change
Chapter 3
Frank Niessink
In this chapter, we examine the differences between software maintenance and software development from a service point of view, and the consequences... Sample PDF
On the Maturity of Software Maintenance and Other IT Services
Chapter 4
Mira Kajko-Mattsson
This chapter presents the process of upfront corrective maintenance at the front-end support level. The chapter is logically divided into two parts.... Sample PDF
Upfront Corrective Maintenance at the Front-End Support Level
Chapter 5
Alok Mehta, George T. Heineman
There is a constant need for practical and cost-effective software evolution techniques. We have developed a novel evolution methodology that... Sample PDF
Evolving Legacy System Features into Fine-Grained Components
Chapter 6
Ying Zou, Kostas Kontogiannis
With the widespread use of the Web, distributed object technologies have been widely adopted to construct network-centric architectures, using XML... Sample PDF
Reengineering Legacy Systems Towards Web Environments
Chapter 7
Uwe Zdun
This chapter examines the use of patterns for reengineering legacy systems to the Web. Today reengineering existing (legacy) systems to the Web is a... Sample PDF
Applying Patterns for Reengineering to the Web
Chapter 8
Jianjun Zhao, Limin Xiang
Change impact analysis is a useful technique in software maintenance and evolution. Many techniques have been proposed to support change impact... Sample PDF
Architectural Slicing to Support System Evolution
Chapter 9
Alexandru C. Telea
Tool support for program understanding becomes increasingly important in the software evolution cycle, and it has become an integral part of... Sample PDF
An Open Architecture for Visual Reverse Engineering
Chapter 10
Kamran Sartipi, Kostas Kontogiannis
This chapter addresses the research challenges in the area of software architecture reconstruction and discusses the state-of-the-art and practice... Sample PDF
Software Architecture Analysis and Reconstruction
Chapter 11
Rafael Capilla, Juan C. Duenas
In this chapter we describe the product line models, and show how to apply them for developing and evolving Web products. A product line captures... Sample PDF
Evolution and Maintenance of Web Sites: A Product Line Model
Chapter 12
Zeljka Car
The chapter provides the insight into software maintenance process, its features, actors, activities and results, with the emphasis on the... Sample PDF
Software Maintenance of Process Modeling Line Model
Chapter 13
Lerina Aversano, Raffaele Esposito, Teresa Mallardo, Maria Tortorella
In e-business, addressing the technical issues alone is not enough to drive the evolution of existing legacy applications, but it is necessary to... Sample PDF
Evolving Legacy System Towards E-Business
Chapter 14
Malin Nordstrom, Tommy Welander
In the introduction to this chapter, we discuss some of the common problems in maintenance. In order to solve these problems, we find it necessary... Sample PDF
Business Oriented Systems Maintenance Management
Chapter 15
Evan W. Duggan
The correlation between the quality of information systems (IS) development practices, the products they shape, and systems maintainability has been... Sample PDF
Reducing IS Maintenance by Improving the Quality of IS Development Processes and Practices
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