Pattern-Based Reverse-Engineering of Design Components

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Pattern-Based Reverse-Engineering of Design Components
Many reverse-engineering tools have been developed to detract representations from source code. Yet, most of these tools completely ignore recovery of the all-important rationale behind the design decisions that have led to its physical shape. Design patterns capture the rationale behind proven design solutions and discuss the trade-offs among their alternatives. We argue that it is these patterns of thought that are at the root of many of the key elements of large-scale software systems, and that, in order to comprehend these systems, we need to recover and understand the patterns on which they were built. In this paper, we present our environment for the reverse engineering of design components based on the structural descriptions of design patterns. We give an overview of the environment, explain three case studies, and discuss how pattern-based reverse-engineering helped gain insight into the design rationale of some of the pieces of three large-scale C++ software systems. Keyword...
Rudolf K. Keller, Reinhard Schauer, Sébasti
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Type Conference
Year 1999
Where ICSE
Authors Rudolf K. Keller, Reinhard Schauer, Sébastien Robitaille, Patrick Pagé
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