A taxonomy for program metamodels in program reverse engineering

Hironori Washizaki, Yann Gaël Guéhéneuc, Foutse Khomh

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    Abstract

    To support program comprehension, maintenance, and evolution, metamodels are frequently used during program reverse engineering activities to describe and analyze constituents of a program and their relations. Reverse engineering tools often define their own metamodels according to the intended purposes and features. Although each metamodel has its own advantages, its limitations may be addressed by other metamodels. Existing works have evaluated and compared metamodels and tools, but none have considered all the possible characteristics and limitations to provide a comprehensive guideline for classifying, comparing, reusing, and extending program metamodels. To aid practitioners and researchers in classifying, comparing, reusing, and extending program metamodels and their corresponding reverse engineering tools according to the intended goals, we establish a conceptual framework with definitions of program metamodels and related concepts. Then this framework is used to provide a comprehensive taxonomy, named Program Metamodel TAxonomy (ProMeTA), which incorporates newly identified characteristics into those stated in previous works, which were identified via a systematic literature survey on program metamodels, while keeping the orthogonality of the entire taxonomy. Additionally, we validate the taxonomy in terms of its orthogonality and usefulness through the classification of popular metamodels.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2016
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages44-55
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509038060
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 12
    Event32nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2016 - Raleigh, United States
    Duration: 2016 Oct 22016 Oct 10

    Other

    Other32nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2016
    CountryUnited States
    CityRaleigh
    Period16/10/216/10/10

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    Keywords

    • Program comprehension and analysis
    • Program metamodels
    • Reverse engineering
    • Taxonomy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Software

    Cite this

    Washizaki, H., Guéhéneuc, Y. G., & Khomh, F. (2017). A taxonomy for program metamodels in program reverse engineering. In Proceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2016 (pp. 44-55). [7816453] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSME.2016.82