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Evolutionary and Collaborative Software Architecture Recovery with Softwarenaut

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Author Lungu Mircea, Lanza Michele, Nierstrasz Oscar,
Project Synchronizing Models and Code
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Science of Computer Programming (SCP)
Page(s) 1
Title of proceedings Science of Computer Programming (SCP)
DOI 10.1016/j.scico.2012.04.007

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Architecture recovery is an activity applied to a system whose initial architecture has eroded. When the system is large, the user must use dedicated tools to support the recovery process. We present Softwarenaut -- a tool which supports architecture recovery through interactive exploration and visualization. Classical architecture recovery features, such as filtering and details on demand, are enhanced with evolutionary capabilities when multi-version information about a subject system is available. The tool allows sharing and discovering the results of previous analysis sessions through a global repository of architectural views indexed by systems. We present the features of the tool together with the architecture recovery process that it supports using as a case-study ArgoUML, a well-known open source Java system.