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Proceedings. International Conference on Software Maintenance (Cat. No. 98CB36272) (1998)
Bethesda, Maryland
Mar. 16, 1998 to Mar. 19, 1998
ISSN: 1063-6773
ISBN: 0-8186-8779-7
pp: 284
Hongji Yang , De Montfort University
Xiaodong Liu , De Montfort University
Hussein Zedan , De Montfort University
It is widely accepted that reverse engineering has three components: restructuring, comprehension and production of formal specification. In this paper, we advocate that the three components could be achieved in a systematic approach by successfully applying a series of sound rules.The key approach to comprehension and the production of formal specification is a notion of abstraction. Abstraction is often interpreted as the act of hiding irrelevant details. What constitute as relevant details is often left open to different interpretations.A unified approach for reverse engineering is described within which the notion of abstraction is classified and precisely defined. Abstraction rules are given and applied to various small examples.
reverse engineering, re-engineering, wide spectrum language, abstraction, object oriented, Interval Temporal Logic.

X. Liu, H. Yang and H. Zedan, "Tackling the Abstraction Problem for Reverse Engineering in a System Re-engineering Approach," Proceedings. International Conference on Software Maintenance (Cat. No. 98CB36272)(ICSM), Bethesda, Maryland, 1998, pp. 284.
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