The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Maintaining software through intentional source-code views

Mens, Kim; Mens, Tom and Wermelinger, Michel (2002). Maintaining software through intentional source-code views. In: ed. Proceedings of the 14th international conference on Software engineering and knowledge engineering. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (27). Not Set, pp. 289–296.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/568760.568812
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

Maintaining the source code of large software systems is hard. One underlying cause is that existing modularisation mechanisms are inadequate to handle crosscutting concerns. We propose intentional source-code views as an intuitive and lightweight means of modelling such concerns. They increase our ability to understand, modularise and browse the source code by grouping together source-code entities that address the same concern. They facilitate software development and evolution, because alternative descriptions of the same intentional view can be checked for consistency and relations among intentional views can be defined and verified. Finally, they enable us to specify knowledge developers have about source code that is not captured by traditional program documentation mechanisms. Our intentional view model is implemented in a logic metaprogramming language that can reason about and manipulate object-oriented source code directly. The proposed model has been validated on the evolution of a medium-sized object-oriented application in Smalltalk, and a prototype tool has been implemented.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1-58113-556-4, 978-1-58113-556-5
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
eSTEeM
Item ID: 1173
Depositing User: Michel Wermelinger
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 10:43
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/1173
Share this page:

Altmetrics

Scopus Citations

Actions (login may be required)

View Item
Report issue / request change

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk