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Title: Software evolution through UML-models extraction
Author: Pu, Jianjun
ISNI:       0000 0004 2691 576X
Awarding Body: De Montfort University
Current Institution: De Montfort University
Date of Award: 2008
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With the high demand for renovation of legacy systems, their evolution is becoming an urgent need. Although some approaches have been introduced to evolving legacy systems, they are not sufficient for understanding legacy code. In this thesis, development/environment-specific models of domain-specific legacy systems are acquired, based on their characteristics and operations. The development/environment-specific model of COBOL legacy systems is based on the characteristics and operations of COBOL, and is a procedure-based model comprising a graph that describes the calling and being-called relationships of those procedures in COBOL legacy systems. It has four types: linear, branch, joint, and synthetic procedure-based models. The link-based model of HTML legacy systems uses a graph that describes the importing or imported relationships of webs in a legacy system. It has three types: sequential, cyclical, and compositive link-based models. The development/environment-specific model of the SQL legacy system comprises association, generation and composition database-based models based on the basic operations of SQL and the two main relationships of generation and association between the databases in an SQL legacy system. The structural stage of UML extraction in this thesis contains class realisation. The classification of classes from COBOL legacy system is two, which are procedure class and variable class. Every procedure in COBOL legacy system is defined as one procedure class. Variable class is based on the program slicing techniques with two stages of pseudo class and real class extraction from COBOL legacy system. The variable of the sliced criterion is defined as the class name, and the variables contained in its slicing criterion are defined as the attributes of that variable class. Because the behavioural analysis of domain-specific legacy systems is behind the analysis of structural analysis, the operations in variable class are not described. The classification of classes of HTML legacy system is based on the web pages and their blocks. The classification of SQL legacy system is two, which is procedure class and database class. Selected UML diagrams are used to describe the static aspect of domain-specific legacy systems. The behavioural stage of UML extraction in this thesis focuses on the operations and activities of domain-specific legacy systems. When understanding the operations and activities of domain-specific legacy code, their preconditions and post-conditions must be presented from the source code. Then those operations and activities are ordered according to the time and sequence they are executed by. At last, the operation and activity arraies are presented. Selected UML diagrams describing the dynamic aspect of domain-specific legacy systems are realised based on those operation and activity arraies. The major contribution of this thesis is the presentation of development/ environment-specific models of domain-specific legacy systems and an approach towards software evolution of domain-specific legacy systems using UML diagrams.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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