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A Context-Driven Software Comprehension Process Model

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Title{A Context-Driven Software Comprehension Process Model}
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMeng, W. J., J. Rilling, Y. Zhang, R. Witte, S. Mudur, and P. Charland
Refereed DesignationRefereed
Conference NameSecond International IEEE Workshop on Software Evolvability (SE 2006)
Pagination50–57
Date PublishedSeptember 24
PublisherIEEE
Conference LocationPhiladelphia, PA, USA
ISBN Number0-7695-2698-5
Keywordsontological reasoning, process modeling, program comprehension, Software Evolution, story metaphor
Abstract

Comprehension is an essential part of software evolution. Only software that is well understood can evolve in a controlled manner. In this paper, we present a formal process model to support the comprehension of software systems by using Ontology and Description Logic. This formal representation supports the use of reasoning services across different knowl- edge resources and therefore, enables us to provide users with guidance during the comprehension process that is context sensitive to their particular comprehension task. As part of the process model, we also adopt a new interactive story metaphor, to represent the interactions between users and the comprehension process.

Notes

This paper has been selected as one of the best papers to be published in an extended version in the IEE Proceedings Software Journal.

DOI10.1109/SOFTWARE-EVOLVABILITY.2006.1
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