A Unified Software Reengineering Approach towards Model Driven Architecture Environment

A Unified Software Reengineering Approach towards Model Driven Architecture Environment

Bing Qiao (De Montfort University, UK), Hongji Yang (De Montfort University, UK) and Alan O’Callaghan (De Montfort University, UK)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 46
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-462-0.ch003
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When developing a software system, there are a number of principles, paradigms, and tools available to choose from. For a specific platform or programming language, a standard way can usually be found to archive the ultimate system; for example, a combination of an incremental development process, object-oriented analysis and design, and a well supported CASE (Computer-Aided Software Engineering) tool. Regardless of the technology to be adopted, the final outcome of the software development is always a working software system. However, when it comes to software reengineering, there is rather less consensus on either approaches or outcomes. Shall we use black-box or white-box reverse engineering for program understanding? Shall we produce data and control flow graphs, or some kind of formal specifications as the output of analysis? Each of these techniques has its pros and cons of tackling various software reengineering problems, and none of them on its own suffices to a whole reengineering project. A proper integration of various techniques capable of solving a specific issue could be an effective way to unravel a complicated software system. This kind of integration has to be done from an architectural point of view. One of the most exciting outcomes of recent efforts on software architecture is the Object Management Group’s (OMG) Model-Driven Architecture (MDA). MDA provides a unified framework for developing middleware-based modern distributed systems, and also a definite goal for software reengineering. This chapter presents a unified software reengineering methodology based on Model-Driven Architecture, which consists of a framework, a process, and related techniques.

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