Software Evolution Through Transformations

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ICGT 2002 Workshop on Software Evolution Through Transformations (SET 2002)

Towards uniform support throughout the software life-cycle

Transformations of artefacts like models, schemata, programs, or SoftwareArchitectures provide a uniform and systematic way to express and reason about SoftwareEvolution. For example, in the context of ForwardEngineering, the transition between different abstraction levels (like analysis, design, and implementation) can be described in terms of transformations, like refinement relations or automatic generation of models or code. In ReverseEngineering, transformations are used to build abstractions from implementations, e.g., by detecting design patterns or clichés.

Official SET 2002 website

ICGT 2004 Workshop on Software Evolution Through Transformations (SETra 2004)

Model-based versus implementation-level solutions

Software evolution can been studied and supported at the level of both models and programs. Model-based software development as proposed, for example, by the OMG's MDA initiative, addresses evolution by automating (via several intermediate levels) the transformation of models into code. In this way, software can be evolved at the model level, relying on automated transformations to keep the implementation in sync. Classical re-engineering technology, instead, starts at level of programs which, due to the poor quality of models found in industrial contexts, provide the only definite representation of the system.

Which approach is better in which situation and how they can be combined is still an open question. At the conceptual level, the laws of software evolution and the theory behind them may provide us with answers about the respective tradeoffs and likely combinations. At the technology level, graphs defined by meta models, and their transformations, have been recognized as a uniform way to support evolution, both at the programming and the model level.

Official SETra 2004 website

ICGT 2006 Workshop on Software Evolution Through Transformations (SETra 2006)

Embracing The Change

Transformation-based techniques such as refactoring, model transformation, architectural reconfiguration, etc. are at the heart of many software engineering activities, making it possible to cope with an ever changing environment. This workshop provides a forum for discussing these techniques, their formal foundations and applications.

Official SETra 2006 website

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