X-Ray Views on a Class using Concept Analysis

Arévalo, Gabriela; Ducasse, Stéphane; Nierstrasz, Oscar (July 2003). X-Ray Views on a Class using Concept Analysis. In: 4th International Workshop on Object Oriented Reengineering (pp. 76-80). University of Antwerp

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Within object oriented software, the minimal unit of development and testing is a class. So understanding how a class is defined and behaves is important. Considering that a class is composed of instance variables and methods, the process is not so easy to achieve because we must decide which different viewpoints can help us to detect features of a class. These viewpoints can include identifying groups of methods accessing a (set of) instance variable(s), groups of methods that interact among themselves to provide a functionality or groups of methods that behave as interface. Thus, with these different groups, we are able to know the different hidden characteristics of a class. In this position paper, we propose to apply Concept Analysis to generate the different groups of (collaborating) entities and use these groups to define different views. These views will help us to get the main features of a class.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Software Composition Group (SCG)

UniBE Contributor:

Ducasse, Stephane and Nierstrasz, Oscar Marius


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 510 Mathematics


University of Antwerp




Manuela Bamert

Date Deposited:

22 Nov 2017 14:38

Last Modified:

02 Nov 2019 07:56





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