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Reverse Engineering Software-Models of Component-Based Systems

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Executive Summary

An increasing number of software systems is developed using component technologies such as COM, CORBA, or EJB. Still, there is a lack of support to reverse engineer such systems. Existing approaches claim reverse engineering of components, but do not support composite components. Also, external dependencies such as required interfaces are not made explicit. Furthermore, relaxed component definitions are used, and obtained components are thus indistinguishable from modules or classes. The authors present an iterative reverse engineering approach that follows the widely used definition of components by Szyperski.

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