Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns

Other | July 1, 2002

byDemeyer, Serge, Serge Demeyer, Stéphane Ducasse...

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The documentation is missing or obsolete, and the original developers have departed. Your team has limited understanding of the system, and unit tests are missing for many, if not all, of the components. When you fix a bug in one place, another bug pops up somewhere else in the system. Long rebuild times make any change difficult. All of these are signs of software that is close to the breaking point.

Many systems can be upgraded or simply thrown away if they no longer serve their purpose. Legacy software, however, is crucial for operations and needs to be continually available and upgraded. How can you reduce the complexity of a legacy system sufficiently so that it can continue to be used and adapted at acceptable cost?

Based on the authors' industrial experiences, this book is a guide on how to reverse engineer legacy systems to understand their problems, and then reengineer those systems to meet new demands. Patterns are used to clarify and explain the process of understanding large code bases, hence transforming them to meet new requirements. The key insight is that the right design and organization of your system is not something that can be evident from the initial requirements alone, but rather as a consequence of understanding how these requirements evolve.

* Describes how to reverse engineer a monolithic system to understand how it really works and how to identify potential problems.
* Includes reengineering patterns that tackle well-known reengineering techniques often encountered in object-oriented programming, such as introducing polymorphism, factoring out common behavior, detecting duplicated code, and understanding design.
* Shows how to build a culture of continuous reengineering for achieving flexible and maintainable object-oriented systems.

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The documentation is missing or obsolete, and the original developers have departed. Your team has limited understanding of the system, and unit tests are missing for many, if not all, of the components. When you fix a bug in one place, another bug pops up somewhere else in the system. Long rebuild times make any change difficult. All ...

Oscar Nierstrasz is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Berne, where he leads the Software Composition Group. He has been active in the object-oriented research community for many years, serving on program committees of among others, ECOOP, OOPSLA and ESEC. He gave several tutorials and invited talks on object-oriented...
Format:OtherDimensions:282 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Morgan KaufmannLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080512992

ISBN - 13:9780080512990

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Reengineering Patterns.Part I Reverse EngineeringSetting Direction. First Contact. Initial Understanding. Detailed Model Capture.Part II ReengineeringTests: Your Life Insurance! Migration Strategies. Detecting Duplicated Code. Redistribute Responsibilities. Transform Conditionals to Polymorphism. Appendix: Thumbnail Patterns. References. Index.