CVSM Bibliography, Entry [ KePSK2013WSR ]


Kehrer, Timo; Pietsch, Pit; Shariat Yazdi, Hamed; Kelter, Udo: Detection of High-Level Changes in Evolving Java Software; p.43-44 in: Proc. 15. Workshop Software-Reengineering (WSR'13). Bad Honnef. 6.-8. Mai 2013; 2013
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Abstract: Software re-engineering is faced with the huge challenge of understanding the structure and behavior of complex programs. In case of legacy systems, understanding the past of a system is often required to understand certain design rationales that help to understand the system itself. In this paper, we report about our ongoing work on analyzing the evolution of Java programs using techniques from the domain of comparison and versioning of software models. Working on reverse-engineered class diagrams, a model matching algorithm is used to identify differences on the design-level. Based on that, a highly customizable operation detection engine is used to derive the actual changes between revisions. Our experience has shown that the approach is capable of identifying high-level software changes such as refactorings or the introduction of design patterns.