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An agent-oriented approach to change propagation in software evolution

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3 Author(s)
Dam, K.H. ; Sch. of Comput. Sci. & Inf. Technol., RMIT Univ., Melbourne, Vic., Australia ; Winikoff, M. ; Padgham, L.

Software maintenance and evolution are inevitable activities since almost all software that is useful and successful stimulates user-generated requests for change and improvements. One of the most critical problems in software maintenance and evolution is to maintain consistency between software artefacts by propagating changes correctly. Although many approaches have been proposed, automated change propagation is still a significant technical challenge in software engineering. In this paper we present a novel, agent-oriented approach to deal with change propagation in evolving software systems that are developed using the Prometheus methodology. A meta-model with a set of the object constraint language (OCL) rules forms the basis of the proposed framework. The underlying change propagation mechanism of our framework is based on the well-known Belief-Desire-Intention (BDI) agent architecture. Traceability information and design heuristics are also incorporated into the framework to facilitate the change propagation process.

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Software Engineering Conference, 2006. Australian

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18-21 April 2006