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Unifying abstractions and code with concern maps

Cooney, Patrick (2006) Unifying abstractions and code with concern maps. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

People trying to understand, develop and maintain software have faced greater challenges as the complexity of software systems has increased. These challenges include the difficulty of cleanly separating different intertwined parts of a system, or relating parts of the system spread across many modules. This makes it difficult to neatly identify an area of interest, which in turn makes it difficult to understand or edit that area. The ability to separate these areas of interest, called concerns, into their own modules has been shown to improve the situation.

Several approaches have been developed to enable this separation: aspect-oriented programming allows program code to be divided into smaller modules that better match areas of interest; reverse engineering tools help programmers extract information from an existing system; requirements traceability tools track individual requirements through the development process. This thesis describes a technique that works in a wide variety of circumstances.

This technique allows users to create simple diagrams that describe the concern and then annotate this diagram with query expressions which link the diagram to related development artefacts like source code or documents. This research has used the tool in a set of common scenarios and compared the results to those achieved using other approaches.

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ID Code: 16251
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Corney, Diane, Gough, Kevin, & Sithers, Andrew
Keywords: separation of concerns and feature interaction, software engineering tools and environments, software evolution and change management, software architectures and design
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Software Engineering & Data Communications
Department: Faculty of Information Technology
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Patrick Cooney
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 13:59
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:45

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