International Series in Software Engineering

Constraint-Based Design Recovery for Software Reengineering

Theory and Experiments

Authors: Woods, Steven G., Quilici, Alexander E., Qiang Yang

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The great challenge of reverse engineering is recovering design information from legacy code: the concept recovery problem. This monograph describes our research effort in attacking this problem. It discusses our theory of how a constraint-based approach to program plan recognition can efficiently extract design concepts from source code, and it details experiments in concept recovery that support our claims of scalability. Importantly, we present our models and experiments in sufficient detail so that they can be easily replicated. This book is intended for researchers or software developers concerned with reverse engineering or reengineering legacy systems. However, it may also interest those researchers who are interested using plan recognition techniques or constraint-based reasoning. We expect the reader to have a reasonable computer science background (i.e., familiarity with the basics of programming and algorithm analysis), but we do not require familiarity with the fields of reverse engineering or artificial intelligence (AI). To this end, we carefully explain all the AI techniques we use. This book is designed as a reference for advanced undergraduate or graduate seminar courses in software engineering, reverse engineering, or reengineering. It can also serve as a supplementary textbook for software engineering-related courses, such as those on program understanding or design recovery, for AI-related courses, such as those on plan recognition or constraint satisfaction, and for courses that cover both topics, such as those on AI applications to software engineering. ORGANIZATION The book comprises eight chapters.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Woods, Steven G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Plan-Based Program Understanding

    Woods, Steven G. (et al.)

    Pages 19-41

  • Program Understanding and Constraint Satisfaction

    Woods, Steven G. (et al.)

    Pages 43-65

  • Initial Experiments with Concept Recovery

    Woods, Steven G. (et al.)

    Pages 67-90

  • Additional Experiments with Concept Recovery

    Woods, Steven G. (et al.)

    Pages 91-116

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eBook $229.00
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Softcover $299.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4613-7494-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Constraint-Based Design Recovery for Software Reengineering
Book Subtitle
Theory and Experiments
Authors
Series Title
International Series in Software Engineering
Series Volume
3
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-5461-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-5461-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-8067-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-7494-7
Series ISSN
1384-6469
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 189
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