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Reverse Engineering Functional Classes: A Middleware Case Study

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2 Author(s)
Hannu Mäyrä ; Univ. of Kuopio, Kuopio ; Mauno Rönkkö

In this paper, we study reverse engineering Functional Classes in Java. As a case study we use a middleware application. Functional Classes is a design style that merges both object-oriented and functional programming paradigms. A functional class is a class without variables having pure functions as methods. As a result, a functional class is naturally a mediator. In this paper, as the main contribution, we show that Functional Classes lead to Java byte code that is re-compilable. Consequently, Functional Classes provide a promising basis for mixed design of applications, where the developers can work simultaneously on the project using a UML editor, source code editor, code generator, and optimizer. Then, synchronization between the various tools is achieved on-the-fly using only the byte- code representation.

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Information Technology: New Generations, 2008. ITNG 2008. Fifth International Conference on

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7-9 April 2008