CVSM Bibliography, Entry [ MaRR2011ECOOP ]


Maoz, Shahar; Ringert, Jan Oliver; Rumpe, Bernhard: CDDiff: Semantic Differencing for Class Diagrams;
p.230-254 in: Proc. 25rd European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP); LNCS 6813, Springer; 2011
Library Entries: ACM Digital Library, Springer
Deskriptoren: CVSM

Abstract: Class diagrams (CDs), which specify classes and the relationships between them, are widely used for modeling the structure of object-oriented systems. As models, programs, and systems evolve over time, during the development lifecycle and beyond it, effective change management is a major challenge in software development, which has attracted much research efforts in recent years.
In this paper we present cddiff, a semantic diff operator for CDs. Unlike most existing approaches to model comparison, which compare the concrete or the abstract syntax of two given diagrams and output a list of syntactical changes or edit operations, cddiff considers the semantics of the diagrams at hand and outputs a set of diff witnesses, each of which is an object model that is possible in the first CD and is not possible in the second. We motivate the use of cddiff, formally define it, and show how it is computed. The computation is based on a reduction to Alloy. The work is implemented in a prototype Eclipse plug-in. Examples show the unique contribution of our approach to the state-of-the-art in version comparison and evolution analysis.